skip navigation
David Lean

David Lean

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (3)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Brief... One of cinema’s most timeless love stories, David Lean’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER stars... more info $19.95was $19.95 Buy Now

Great... Criterion presents four classic literary adaptations together in a single set at... more info $99.95was $99.95 Buy Now

Great... David Lean's handsome adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel captures the... more info $39.95was $39.95 Buy Now

Oliver Twist:... Expressionistic noir photography suffuses David Lean's Oliver Twist with a... more info $39.95was $39.95 Buy Now

Ryan's... Winner of 2 Academy Awards® 1970! Lovely, headstrong Rosy (Sarah Miles) cannot... more info $10.99was $26.98 Buy Now

The World War... Wartime heroics are front and center in this spectacular 3-disc set contained in... more info $29.98was $29.98 Buy Now

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

NOTES

Lean's films earned 56 Oscar nominations and 28 Oscars. He was nominated as Best Director seven times and won twice.

"He wrote with light and composition until each of his films was the visual equivalent of great novels. His genius rests in the fact that his characters were never diminished by his epic action." --Steven Spielberg in The Hollywood Reporter, April 17, 1991.

"David can't wait to finish shooting a picture so he can begin cutting the actors out of it." --Trevor Howard, quoted in Lean's Variety obituary, April 22, 1991.

"I had very strong feelings about his work, because I am a longer-is-better kind of guy. ... He was willing to let the stories and scenes play out. He liked you to hear information. ... [His films] are not so plot-oriented, they are like the journeys of people." --Kevin Costner to New York Post, April 17, 1991.

"David is sweet--simple and straight--and strong and savage, and he is the best movie director in the world." --Katharine Hepburn in 1989, quoted in Lean's obituary in The New York Times, April 17, 1991.

"Lean was a meticulous craftsman noted for technical wizardry, subtle manipulation of emotions, superb production values, authenticity and taste. He was one of the very few directors who edited his own films, and he also adapted or co-adapted half a dozen of them." --Peter B. Flint in Lean's The New York Times obituary, April 17, 1991.

Lean left orders that his ashes be strewn over the three areas he loved most: India, Tahiti and Tuscany (where he planned to retire).

Named Commander of the British Empire Award for services to cinema in 1953.

Awarded L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1968 by the French government

He was an honorary life member of the DGA.

He was made Fellow of the British Film Institute (1983).

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute