It’s not up at their website yet, but recently I got a press release from the Pacific Cinematheque announcing that 10 of the 16 feature films directed by David Lean will be coming to that theatre next month — including three films that I have long wanted to see but, as near as I can tell, are unavailable on DVD.
Here’s the list, with the dates the films are screening and links to any earlier comments, however peripheral, that I may have written on the films I have already seen:
- In Which We Serve (1942) — Nov 20,24
- This Happy Breed (1944) — Nov 20,23
- Blithe Spirit (1945) — Nov 7,9
- Brief Encounter (1945) — Nov 7-8
- Great Expectations (1946) — Nov 14,16
- Oliver Twist (1948) — Nov 14-15
- The Passionate Friends (1949) — Nov 8-9
- Madeleine (1950) — Nov 15-16
- The Sound Barrier (1952) — Nov 24,26
- Hobson’s Choice (1954) — Nov 23,26
Just for completeness’ sake, here are the six films Lean directed that are not playing as part of this series:
- Summertime (1955)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) — Nov 21
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962) — Nov 22-23
- Doctor Zhivago (1965)
- Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
- A Passage to India (1984) — Nov 27
The picture of Lean above, by the way, comes from this collection of publicity stills for The Sound Barrier, one of the three films I have not yet seen, at the British Film Institute.
NOV 9 UPDATE: The Cinematheque website now has a page for the series here. They are also showing three of Lean’s later epics as a “supersized sidebar” to the main series; I have added the dates for those films above, and you can check for showtimes here.