Passionate Encounters: The Cinema of David Lean

To mark David Lean’s centenary this year, The David Lean Foundation has generously funded the BFI National Archive, working with Granada International and Studio Canal, to restore a number of Lean’s films, all made in Britain in the 1940s and early 50s.

For critic David Thomson, the films of this period constitute Lean’s greatest achievement: ‘They are lively, stirring, and an inspiration – they make you want to go out and make movies, they are so in love with the screen’s power.’

Presented by the BFI and Park Circus. The films have been restored by the BFI National Archive and Granada International, in association with Studio Canal, and with the generous support of The David Lean Foundation.

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Great Expectations

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The Passionate Friends

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Blithe Spirit

David Lean's first comedy, stars Rex Harrison as a successful and cheerfully cynical novelist whose marital bliss is interrupted by the mischievous ghost of his…

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The Sound Barrier

The human cost of scientific progress underlies this story of an aircraft manufacturer whose obsession for perfection leads him to near madness and brings his…

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