"The Lean Years"

January 12, 2011

Opening Jan. 13
IU Cinema, Bloomington

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of taking the new IU Cinema on a test run—spending an afternoon losing myself in David Lean’s Academy Award winning “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”
My memories of the film—except for the ending—were fuzzy. On TV, it always felt overly long. But the screening was revelatory, with the new room’s state-of-the-art sound and image—and a newly restored print—bringing out the glory of what I now consider a truly great film.
Want to have an experience like I did? The newly opened IU Cinema is showing David Lean films all week, beginning with “Lawrence of Arabia” on Jan. 13 and continuing with “Kwai” on the 16th, “Summertime” on the 17th, “Dr. Zhivago” on the 24th , “Brief Encounter” on the 30th, and “Great Expectations” on the 31st.
That’s just the beginning. A “John Ford Searches West” series—including “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Searchers” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”—starts Jan. 21. And there’s more all semester long. Most events are free. Details here.