Which characters in The Bridge on the River Kwai demonstrate courage and integrity? Meanwhile, escaped American soldier Shears William Holden is forced back to the Kwai compound to help advise a commando team assigned to destroy the bridge. Though based on a real-life WWII incident, the devastating story is really about what constitutes military duty and "honor" -- and how they can be twisted into disloyalty and dastardly treachery.
The messiness of war has destroyed the order of his mind, even to point of abusing his own men. The film contains a scene where Colonel Nicholson, while inspecting the bridge construction progress, refers to the Japanese overseeing them as "barbarians". He sees natural foes, British and Japanese, joining together building a bridge of friendship in a time of war.
The situation that develops is a racial rivalry. Under normal circumstances, the two men might never had been friends but they might have had a degree of respect for each other. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? When Nicholson is locked in the sweatbox, the incessant screeching of cicadas provides the perfect sonic expression for his sweltering misery—and the indifference of nature to his quest for honor.
Meanwhile, Shears Holdenan American, escapes from the prison camp and makes his way to Australia, where he impersonates an officer to obtain the privileges of rank.
This leads to a beautiful narration technique as one side is putting their heart in soul to destroy the very thing the other group is building with the same fervent passion - even though they are both on the same side.
But I am writing a factual account, and in justice to these men—living and dead—who worked on that bridge, I must make it clear that we never did so willingly.
Foreman and Wilson were denied credit on the film due to blacklisting problems; inthe Writer's Guild of America officially restored their names.
Though based on a real-life WWII incident, the devastating story is really about what constitutes military duty and "honor" -- and how they can be twisted into disloyalty and dastardly treachery. Could it happen today?
Based on fact, the film stands as one of the finest war films ever.
To Saito's confusion, Nicholson upholds British military traditions with his men, not at all taking defeat as a humiliation. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Over a muddy jungle river called Kwai, a Japanese colonel, Saito Sessue Hayakawamust complete a railroad bridge vital to Japan's war effort.
When Saito insists that the British prisoners construct an elaborate bridge over the gorge of the River Kwai, Nicholson refuses to permit his officers to work side-by-side with the enlisted men, citing the Geneva Convention.
Martinet Nicholson insists that his men conduct themselves by the book and flatly refuses to cooperate with the equally dutiful Japanese commander, Col.Apr 18, · The last words in David Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai" are "Madness!
Madness madness!" Although the film's two most important characters are both mad, the hero more than the villain, we're not quite certain what is intended by that final dialogue. Part of the puzzle is caused by the film's shifting points of view.4/4.
When Saito insists that the British prisoners construct an elaborate bridge over the gorge of the River Kwai, Nicholson refuses to permit his officers to work side-by-side with the enlisted men, citing the Geneva Convention. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a near flawless war drama based on the fiction book by French author Pierre Boulle.
I thought that this was a great film, but it wasn't as flawless as many critics 94%. The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean’s last film not to succumb to bloat.
Despite its grand, Oscar-bait stature, the epic subtly develops its themes about the irrationality of honor and the hypocrisy of Britain’s class system without ever compromising its thrilling war narrative. Jan 01, · Read the Empire review of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination. Movie The Bridge on the River Kwai 5/5. Oct 11, · The Bridge on the River Kwai is one film that is hard to top, the only film able to do that is Lawrence of Arabia, both directed by the meticulous eye of David Lean.
One director who could put intimacy in epic circumstances/10(K).Download