Lessons in Manhood from an Epic Trilogy
The best movie trilogy of all time isn’t really a trilogy. Its three constituent films don’t share the same characters, setting, or plotline, but they do feature flawed manhood set against an epic backdrop. I’m speaking of 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, and 1965’s Doctor Zhivago—all directed by David Lean, born 106 years this week. With his vision and majesty, Lean has a lot to say to our current crop of men—whose idea of vision and majesty sadly seems to be confined to the size of the screens of their smart phones.