Skip to main content


UK, 1959 (MIFF 1961, Programme 30)

Director: Hazel Wilkinson

David Lean, in a discussion with actress Maureen Pryor, comments on some aspects of his work and introduces extracts from his films.

David Lean's distinctive and always dramatic 'visual' openings are characteristic of his work, and in this film Maureen Pryor uses the beginning of The Sound Barrier to open discussion. Other topics are Lean's use of sound and music illustrated by an extract from Brief Encounter. In the extract from Bridge on the River Kwai we have an excellent example of suspense cutting, whilst a further extract from Brief Encounter and a colour sequence from Summer Madness show David Lean's own personal favourites and gives the lie to his reputation as a 'cold stylist director'.

See also...

The Critic and Twelve Angry Men

This is the fourth film in "The Critic and the Film" scries. Here Arnot Robertson discusses the film from the writer's viewpoint. ... More »

John Grierson

A filmed record of an address by John Grierson at the National Film Theatre, London, in which he speaks of the early documentary movement in Great Britain. ... More »


A selection of the painter's works, shown entire and studied in detail, and accompanied on the sound track by recollections of his contemporaries. ... More »


First filmed in the days of the silent screen, by directors Kozintsev and Trauberg, Gogol's "The Overcoat" has since been adapted many times. It has been revived by Jack Clayton whose version was ... More »

A Storm of Strangers

A documentary which, using authentic old photographs of arrivals at Ellis Island, life in the Lower East Side, the schools, workshops, factories, and tenements, brings to life a period and culture ... More »

Hunters of the Southern Seas

In October 1955 the Soviet whaling fleet set sail on its tenth trip to the Antarctic. The fleet consisted of the factory ship '"Slava" and fifteen small catchers. During the seven and a half months ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director