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[speaking at age 61] In the morning I feel about 50; then, depending on how the day goes, I might get down to about 22. When I'm directing on stage, I'm 43 and 32 when making a film because I feel less in control. Acting? Oh, then I'm 24. And when I'm on my own, I feel about 17 and think the world is all before me.
He was, for a few weeks in late 1957, the film critic of the "New Statesman" magazine. During this time, he caused considerable controversy when he dismissed the year's biggest film, "The Bridge On The River Kwai", in just three sentences, devoting about 90% of his column to a laudatory review of a Polish film, "A Generation", which had not yet opened in London. David Lean, some twenty-five years...