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David Lean and Noel Coward - The Creative Influences

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Megan Trigg

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by Megan Trigg & Mark Summers David Lean & Noel Coward David Lean's first work as a director was with Noel Coward on In Which We Serve (1942). Later he also adapted some of Noel Coward's plays into films, these included This Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945) and then to Brief Encounter in 1945.

Noel Coward's achievements were mainly in the theatre industry, where he wrote many successful musicals and songs. 14 of his films were adapted from plays which he had written. He also participated in many more films as an actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Achievements before Brief Encounter What was David Lean known for? Coward's contribution to Narrative Content comes mainly from his plays, as many of his films are adaptions from the narrative. His plays were mainly comedies, which at its release, Brief Encounter was also intended to be. Character is also important when considering adaptions, as his contributions would be key in characterisation.

In films where he acted, such as the Italian Job, he would also have had a contribtion to character, though not so much narrative content. Coward's Contribution to Narrative Content and Character David Lean was known mostly for:
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
- Doctor Zhivago (1965)
- Great Expectations David Lean was born in Croydon 1908, died age 83

His first work as a director was in collaboration with Noel Coward. David Lean He has directed 'Great Expectations' and 'Oliver Twist' as well as 'Brief Encounter'. Noel Coward Noel Coward was born in Teddington in 1899.

In 1969 he starred in the Italian Job. He wrote many plays before being made famous for Brief Encounter, many of which were later transformed into films by David Lean. Lean's contribution to Cinematic Style His style came from turning plays into works of cinema. He already had the basics set for him from the plays (Characters, settings) so all he had to do was transform the play into successful films.

What is unique to Lean is that his style is very visual, this allows him to develop characters clearly. Before he became a director, Lean was an editor. His cinematic style reflects this, as he knew when to cut a take for maximum impact. What was the particular legislative context within which Coward was working? When the film was first released it was banned by the censorship board in Ireland - it was felt that the film condemned adultery, and that the characters were too sympathetic. Bibliography IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037558/
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brief_Encounter
IMDB David Lean -http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000180/
IMDB Noel Coward - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002021/
Wikipedia Noel Coward - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Coward
Noel Coward Foundation -
David Lean sense of cinema - http://sensesofcinema.com/2004/great-directors/lean/
David Lean & Noel Coward - http://www.avclub.com/articles/david-lean-directs-noel-coward,71884/ He was a playwright, composer, director, actor and singer. Noel Coward was known for:
- Cavalcade (1933)
- Bittersweet (1933)
- In Which We Serve (1942)
He also composed hundreds of songs, as well many musical theatre productions. What was Noel Coward known for? Noel Coward and David Lean worked together on many films over the years. In Which We Serve was the first film they collaborated on in 1942. Brief encounter was released in 1945 and was equally as successful.
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