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David Lean

Despite directing only 16 films over his long career, David Lean is regarded as one of the greats of British cinema, and his films have come to exemplify a certain type of ‘Britishness’.

While best known for his sweeping, Oscar-winning epics (he received two Academy Awards for best director), the intimate character dramas he made in the UK at the start of his career rank among his very best works.

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit 1945 U

A séance results in a man’s first wife returning from the dead in Noël Coward’s wonderful comedy.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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Brief Encounter
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Brief Encounter 1945 PG

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve 1942 U

Noel Coward and David Lean direct this affecting drama of a Royal Navy crew recalling their lives in flashback, as their ship sinks.

115 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean, Noël Coward

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Madeleine

Madeleine 1950 U

David Lean’s film of an infamous 19th-century crime of passion stars his then-wife Ann Todd as the society lady on trial for murdering her lover.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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The Passionate Friends

The Passionate Friends 1948 PG

David Lean’s other, lesser known film about a love triangle spent too long in Brief Encounter’s shadow, but is now regarded as a fine, gripping drama.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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