Screen Mayhem on Wrong Reel, and the Early Career of David Lean

Wrong Reel is a podcast for hardcore cinephiles that covers everything from the golden era Hollywood classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s, the greats of world cinema, obscure movies that deserve more attention, to the modern behemoths that seem to take up every inch of your local multiplex. Just to put things in perspective, recent episodes include a delve into the collaborations between Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock, a look at the forgotten director Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run), a look at the early career of David Lean (more on that later!) and of course a necessary full blown geek out over Avengers: Infinity War. Or as host James Hancock now succinctly says at the top of each episode, “Everything from Jean-Luc Godard, to Jean-Luc Picard.” A word on the host. James is a passionate cinephile, with a wealth of knowledge and a restless interest in film, which makes him both a good listener and an astonishingly fast-talking and articulate commentator.

I have had the pleasure of appearing on Wrong Reel twice, the first time to discuss the sadly neglected career of the great Ealing director Alexander Mackendrick, who made such diverse classics as The Lady Killers and The Sweet Smell of Success. (You can listen to that here). Most recently I was invited back to discuss the early career of David Lean.

My favourite quote about David Lean’s body of work, is that “Inside every Lean movie there’s a fat one trying to get out.” Well, this podcast is all about the Leaner of the Lean movies, starting out with his collaborations with Noel Coward, his Dickens adaptations (which surely remain the two greatest screen renditions of Dickens novels), whilst also taking in his deeply romantic movies, the last of which is set in a never lovelier Venice and features one of Kathleen Hepburn’s greatest performances.

If you want to know more about David Lean beyond his giant, soaring epics, then listen here.

And if you’re a budding cinephile and just want to know more about all kind of movies then do yourself a favour and listen into Wrong Reel!

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