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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. He worked as tea ... See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir David Lean

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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I find dialogue a bore, for the most part. I think that if you look back on any film you've seen, you don't remember lines of dialogue, you remember pictures. See more »

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According to Richard Schickel, Lean was so wounded by Pauline Kael's and other critics' vicious attacks on Ryan's Daughter (1970) that he didn't direct another picture for 14 years, until A Passage to India (1984). See more »

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The horizon is almost always kept in view See more »

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