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The Bridge on the River Kwai


Dir. David Lean. 1957, 161 mins. New restoration on DCP. With Alec Guinness, William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa. David Lean’s epic and thrilling drama, which won seven Academy Awards, is set mostly in a Japanese POW camp, where a British colonel (a superb Guinness) is tasked with overseeing the building of a railway bridge. Meanwhile, a troop of Allies, led by Holden, has been dispatched to blow it up. Equal parts action adventure and psychological drama, this is one of the most compelling of all World War II films.

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