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David Lean (I) (1908–1991)


An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 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 ... See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Lawrence of Arabia
(1962)
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago Director
(1965)
Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter Director
(1945)

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

Alternate Names:

Sir David Lean

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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[on film adaptations] I think the best you can do in a movie is to be faithful to the author's intention in all areas. With the two Dickens films I did - Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948) - they are, oh, pencil sketches of these great novels that he wrote, but I think they are faithful. I wouldn't have been ashamed to show him the films. See more »

Trivia:

In his home town of Croydon, South London, there is a cinema named after him in the Croydon Clocktower Arts Centre. See more »

Trademark:

Trains/locomotives playing a significant role in the film's plot (e.g., Brief Encounter (1945), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Summertime (1955), Doctor Zhivago (1965), etc.). See more »

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