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|Also Known As:||Died:||April 16, 1991|
|Born:||March 25, 1908||Cause of Death:||double pneumonia compounded by throat cancer|
|Birth Place:||Croydon, England, GB||Profession:||Director ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Given Kodak Box Brownie camera by uncle at age 12, developed interest in photography
Worked for father's accounting firm at the age of 19 (date approximate)
Began working for Gaumont-British studios as tea-boy, then number-board holder, messenger and camera assistant
Graduated to newsreel editor; then put in charge of Gaumont Sound News
Began cutting feature films with "Escape Me Never"
First film as co-director (with Noel Coward), "In Which We Serve"
First film as solo director and first film as co-adaptor (with Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan), "This Happy Breed"
Formed Cineguild with Noel Coward, Ronald Neame 1nd Anthony Havelock-Allan
Subject of British TV documentary, "David Lean: A Life in Film"
TV directing debut: Lean directed and hosted a documentary on explorer Capt. James Cook, "The Story of Cook's Anchor" for New Zealand TV
Production of "Nostromo", his 17th film, halted when Lean became ill with throat cancer (February)
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