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Trailers from Hell Crosses 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 26, 2014 at 2:53PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis deep dives into David Lean's classic war drama "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
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'The Bridge on the River Kwai'
'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis deep dives into David Lean's classic war drama "The Bridge on the River Kwai."

David Lean's 2 hour and 41 minute war drama was a box office smash in 1957, beloved not only by critics but World War II vets as well, regardless of the fact that its hero, played by Alec Guiness, is in fact an anti-hero, a by-the-book pedant whose obsession with military protocol only succeeds in aiding his enemy. The canny screenplay (by Carl Foreman) provides two compelling counterpoints to Guiness' driven colonel in William Holden’s deadbeat sailor and Sessue Hayakawa’s weak-willed commandant. Lean’s masterful command of the widescreen action and intimate drama makes "Bridge" an endlessly rewatchable experience

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.