The Making of Bridge on the River Kwai

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Arts Documentary with no narration published by Columbia in 2000 - English language

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"There is no barbed wire, no stockade, no watch towers. They are not necessary. We are on an island in the jungle… Escape is impossible." When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), the memorable, epic World War II adventure/action, anti-war drama, was the first of director David Lean's major multi-million dollar, wide-screen super-spectaculars (his later epics included Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). Based on the novel of the same name, and starring William Holden, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins, the film builds to a genuinely thrilling climax in its story of the construction of a great bridge across a jungle river during World War II. Set in Thailand, although filmed in the spectacular beauty of Ceylon, the story fascinatingly weaves together the facts and philosophies of three remarkable men, and the daring feats during the Japanese occupation of the peninsula. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWII whistling tune, the "Colonel Bogey March," became a massive hit. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

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-- Theatrical trailer merged in the beginning of the file -- This 53-minute "making-of" feature covers the adaption of Boulle's novel to script, cast, building the bridge, history of production,score, release, and more. Documentary combines film clips, footage from the set and new interviews with film historian Adrian Turner and a variety of Kwai participants such as Lean's assistants Norman Spencer and Pamela Mann Francis, camera operator Peter Newbrook, assistant editor Teddy Darvas, production designer Donald Ashton, and property master Eddie Fowlie. In between 'behind the scenes' footage and photos, their anecdotes build up a fascinating story. The various script problems, the casting (including William Holden's amazing 1m USD fee and percentage deal), and the building and blowing-up of the bridge among other things, are covered in detail. Written, Directed, and Produced by Laurent Bouzereau

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- 'Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant' (1958, 6 Mins). This is the film's original period featurette, made after 'Kwai' won all the Academy Awards. - 'USC Short Film "On Seeing Film…" Introduced by William Holden', (16 mins). A 1950s "How Film Can Broaden Your Horizons" instruction guide, produced by the Department of Cinema/University of Southern California and featuring behind-the-scenes shots from Kwai. - 'An Appreciation by Filmmaker John Milius', (8 mins). John Milius talks about The Bridge on the River Kwai, and takes us through why Kwai works so well.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 1 859 Kbps
Video Resolution: 712x544
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 30 min - 56 min
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 464 MB - 832 MB
Source: DVD
Encoded by: DocFreak08

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