Discussion in 'Military' started by ginscpy, Nov 6, 2010.
One of the 10 best motion pictures EVER MADE.
Thats a mouthfull.
Never tire of watching it.
The 1950s were so superior to today it is pathetic.
I was 4 when Bridge on the River Kwai was made.
It was a great movie...especially for its day.
Wm. Holden character, the protagonist, wasn't especially heroic, for example, at least not in the cardboard cutout way. He did NOT want to go back to save his fellow prisoners, for example.
That movie was beginning to look at WWII in a less propagandist way than we'd been accustomed to.
And Alec Guiness didnt even want to play the part of Col Nicholsen at first.
Part had already been offered to Charles Laughton and Noel Coward.
Guiness was great in that movie.
Hell, that man is great in every movie I've ever seen him in.
Check out Stalag 17 -1954 and The Great Escape - 1963.
Quite true. All of the major charachters are shown to grow and transform as a result of the circumstances in which they are found. From the prison camp commandant to the soldiers who are in awe of the Guiness charachter and follow him, everyone is motivated and logically responds to what is happening.
The star of the show, of course, is the Bridge. It twists all of the desires and goals of everyone in the movie and at last claims most their lives.
I love movies that show charachters transforming.
Oddly, I also love movies that show women undressing.
The common thread, I suppose, is revealing what lies beneath.
When women start undressing I've noticed that my character tends to transform somewhat, too.
Clearly a case of life imitaing art, I guess.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVRey2XEs"]Neither suggestions have anything on The Battle of Britain (1969)[/ame]
In the original novel by Pierre Boulle - the Bridge never gets blown up.
Knowing all that -still a great film....................
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