Episode 84: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Bit Players delve into madness, madness with their podcast on David Lean’s 1957 World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. With the film being the second Lean picture that they’ve covered, they discuss a lot of comparisons with the first, Lawrence of Arabia, and the ways that the director seems to portray flawed protagonists in a relatable way. This film in particular offers one of the more unique takes on morality that the guys can remember, with Alec Guinness expertly playing the poop-covered British officer doing his damnedest to avoid working under the warm blanket of the Geneva Convention.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Director
David Lean
Stars
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Selected By
Clark

4.0

Aired Monday, January 30, 2017

The Bit Players delve into madness, madness with their podcast on David Lean's 1957 World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. With the film being the second Lean picture that they've covered, they discuss a lot of comparisons with the first, Lawrence of Arabia, and the ways that the director seems to portray flawed protagonists in a relatable way. This film in particular offers one of the more unique takes on morality that the guys can remember, with Alec Guinness expertly playing the poop-covered British officer doing his damnedest to avoid working under the warm blanket of the Geneva Convention.

Episode 3: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This week, the guys talk about David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. They explore not only the grand visual spectacle that Lean was able to capture and turn into a massive success at a brisk four hours, but the way that Peter O’Toole was able to deliver such a nuanced and dynamic performance that charts T.E. Lawrence’s life through a sea of self-doubt from eccentric mapmaker to megalomaniac demi-god over the course of the film, and the implications that the performance has as a statement on the nature of man and destiny. The guys have a great time discussing a virtually unanimous classic and come to find that they might not all feel the same about it. Also, they reveal what their own desert mirages would be and the worst places to find sand after a sandy adventure like ol’ Larry’s.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Director
David Lean
Stars
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

Selected By
Clark

5.0

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Aired Friday, April 10, 2015
This week, the guys talk about David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. They explore not only the grand visual spectacle that Lean was able to capture and turn into a massive success at a brisk four hours, but the way that Peter O'Toole was able to deliver such a nuanced and dynamic performance that charts T.E. Lawrence's life through a sea of self-doubt from eccentric mapmaker to megalomaniac demi-god over the course of the film, and the implications that the performance has as a statement on the nature of man and destiny. The guys have a great time discussing a virtually unanimous classic and come to find that they might not all feel the same about it. Also, they reveal what their own desert mirages would be and the worst places to find sand after a sandy adventure like ol' Larry's.