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The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957) (Movies To See Before You Die - War Movies)

09 Aug, 2012 | Movies To See Before You Die / War Movies

Widely appreciated as one of director David Lean’s best works, this is a War movie which doesn’t exactly talk about the brutality, bloodshed or loss of life at a war front. On the contrary, it basically revolves around the pride with which an officer tries to lead his own people while being the “Prisoners of War” in the opponent’s camp.

The plot talks about a bridge built by Colonel and his men on the order of their Japanese rivals and then blowing up of the same bridge as their moral duty. Though, the basic storyline of the film may seem to be questionable for few and also reportedly not as per the actual happenings in that particular time & place. Still the film becomes hugely important because of its brilliant direction, execution and performances considering it as a fictional account of the actual incident. The narration slowly grows on the viewer, accompanied by a fabulous cinematography & background score in this 160 minutes long epic. But one actually realizes the masterwork witnessed only once it gets over and then makes you think about its unusual plot after a while.
The film won 7 Academy Awards including Best Actor for Alec Guiness as the revolting Colonel, Best Director for David Lean, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music Score, Best Writing, Screenplay and the Best Picture in the year 1958. So if you really wish to see a war movie which has a different story to tell about the hardships, torture and humiliation faced by the Prisoners of War, without stressing upon any gruesome killings and bloodshed then do watch “The Bridge on The River Kwai” with a little patience and cherish the masterpiece.

Directed By David Lean
Starring : Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and more.

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