Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Sound Barrier

Last night we watched another David Lean film, The Sound Barrier. Again it starred his wife, Ann Todd, together with Ralph Richardson, Nigel Patrick and Denholm Elliot. Like Psycho, it dispensed with it's Box Office attractions half way through the film.

Although ostensibly a story about technical advances, with the early days of jet airplanes glorified, but became a male versus female thing. Men believed things were worth doing, because they were there; women caring more for preserving life and limb. We hear the same battle when men go to war. Men can justify being in Iraq and Afghanistan, but women see the body bags and coffins.

Again the film showed what a great artist David Lean was, even before Lawrence of Arabia.

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