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David Lean

David Lean Summertime

“You must cut.  Anything that’s finished is finished.”  Ever the editor, David Lean, born 25 March 1908, was the boy from suburbia who escaped from humdrum Little England which he nonetheless hymned in Brief Encounter (1945) with a little help from Noel Coward, and made it big on the international stage. By his own admission he was a “dedicated maniac” relentless in his preparation for some of the greatest films ever made. Influenced by the formidable silent Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Ingram, 1921) he is renowned for his films of visionary men, most notably the misguided Colonel in Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) and the indomitable, enigmatic Lawrence of Arabia (1962).  However the character with whom he most identified was Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) in Summertime (1955), the camera-wielding American spinster who falls in love in Venice in a spectacular swoon of Technicolor tourism. She was unlike any of his previous heroines and her liberation proved his own, as his subsequent life in exotic locales attests.

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