dir. David Lean
David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) had an illustrious directorial career in film and was well-known for his ability to helm an epic. The Bridge on the River Kwai was Lean’s WWII epic. The film went on to win a whopping seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sir Alec Guinness (Star Wars, The Ladykillers). In the film, Guinness plays a British colonel in a Japanese PoW camp who rallies his fellow PoWs into building the bridge their captors want built. Warfare doesn’t really get depicted here, but we follow soldiers and the film has a military theme.