Lushly restored so that jungle greens glitter and even sadistic Saito’s spluttering dialogue has clarity, David Lean’s epic tale of the WW2 clash of moral codes and commandos over a POW-built Burmese bridge, buffs up just beautifully.
Though the Making Of admits the script was extensively re-worked by many hands, its combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing.
Best factoid? The sound recordist missed the bridge exploding under the train, so that famous bang was faked later.
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