- 11 Aug 2017 at 04:00
- WRITER: KONG RITHDEE
Before Dunkirk and Saving Private Ryan, there was The Bridge On The River Kwai.
The 1957 film, directed by David Lean and hailed as the best war film ever made according to a few polls, will return to the big screen at Scala on Sunday at noon, as part of the monthly Classic World Cinema programme, organised by the Thai Film Archive.
As Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is still in cinemas, it's timely that Lean's The Bridge On The River Kwai finds its way back to the big screen. The two war films, standing 60 years apart, map cinema's ongoing effort to investigate the themes associated with war (especially World War II): honour, principle, horror, humanity, madness and the place of men in the grand sweep of history.