Minisode 95: The Bridge on the River Kwai

22 Dec

In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss the Best Picture of 1957, David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai.

3 Responses to “Minisode 95: The Bridge on the River Kwai”

  1. Leonca December 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    We watched this in High School, in Asian Studies class I think. I can only remember a few scenes. I asked the teacher if it was about Stockholm syndrome, and he said it wasn’t. My clearest memory is being a bit upset at Saito’s death because I found him the most interesting part of the story.

  2. Esther O'Reilly December 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    I saw this film in high school as a budding cinephile simply because I was sampling different films that had won a lot of accolades. I can’t speak to whether it’s still seen as essential viewing, because my viewing choices at the time weren’t based on which movies still generate current buzz as much as on my own personal curiosity + crudely going down some lists. Of course, I’ve been a huge fan of Alec Guinness since seeing Star Wars as a little kid, and so I was really excited to see this acclaimed earlier performance of his. Also, I, uh, may or may not have been crushing on William Holden at the time.

    I think I happened to see this film back to back with The Sand Pebbles, a film way fewer people have seen. But like this one (spoilers), essentially all the characters die. I was only 15 or 16, so these two films were much bleaker than anything I’d seen before. I just remember the one-two gut punch of these endings making a big impression on me. With Bridge, I was just astonished at the audacity of the final sequence. The image of the train falling off, one car at a time, haunted me for quite a while.

    But at the same time, while I couldn’t help admiring the cojones it took to end a film that way, it clarified my own preferences as far as film endings go. That final knife twist for so many innocent characters really just left me cold. I’ve never re-watched the film and still have no real desire to do so. I admire the performances, the writing, the directing, etc., but I’ll never be able to love it, or even like it.

  3. Franco Asmaeil January 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    I’m 32. This was one of my blindspots until this past year. I didn’t avoid it or anything. Lean was just a guy I never spent any time with. Saw Lawrence on the big screen like three years back. Also, my first time.
    Kwai was always one I heard I needed to watch once I got plugged into the film nerd online world. So, yes, it’s one of those “you gotta see this” kind of movies but I’d say only within the movie world and probably also within older generations.

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