A Brief History of World War II Movies

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Alec Guinness, 1957 World War II movies

The Bridge On The River Kwai, 1957
David Lean's epic, while a work of fiction, is based on the construction of the Burma Railway by Western prisoners of war in 1942-43. Alec Guinness won an Oscar for his portrayal of a British Colonel so consumed with completing the bridge that he forgets its essential purpose: to extend the reach of the Japanese enemy.

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