THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
2:00 5:15 8:30
Sunday, June 22
(1957, David Lean) To American POW William Holden’s disgust, Guinness’ Lt. Col. Nicholson leads his ragged men in Japanese captivity; then, after suffering torture to get camp commandant Sessue Hayakawa to play by the rules, he proceeds to build them their bridge anyway. The first of Lean’s widescreen epics nabbed seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Guinness’ only Best Actor Oscar. Approx. 161 min. DCP.
“David Lean's much-lauded epic begins in deafening silence, as a hawk soars majestically over a lush jungle landscape. Then another striking image: graves - no names - by the side of an under-construction railway. From sky to ground in two shots, and it already feels like we've traversed a great distance, with two and a half hours of skillful, suspenseful WWII adventure to go.”
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York