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David Lean

Honored with the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1990, Leanís body of work (ranging from the intimate film to the grandiose epic) demonstrates an obsessive cultivation of craft and a fastidious concern with detail that has become the very definition of quality British cinema.

Adapted from Noel Cowardís one-act play, Lean takes a potentially boring story of middle-age flirtation and tenderly creates one of the most enduring and poignant romance films ever made. Brilliantly underplayed, two happily married strangers meet by chance in a railway station and fall desperately in love, but never physically express the undercurrent of passion that exists between them, even during their final gut wrenching separation Ė if your heart doesnít ache, youíre just not human!

Demonstrating moments of intimacy through gigantic display, Lean sets up the greatness of Pipís expectations with the magnitude of his frightful encounters; one with an escaped convict, whose emerge into the frame reminds us what itís like to be a child in a world of oversized, menacing adults, and another with the meeting of mad Miss Havisham, in all her gothic splendor.

Peter O'Toole made an enigmatic and lasting impression in his debut role as British officer T.E. Lawrence, who helped Arab rebels fight the Turks in WWI, and Omar Sharif has perhaps the greatest cinematic intro of all time as he magically appears through the ghostly waves of the desert heat, achieving Leanís compulsive drive to create the perfectly composed shot. Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and Claude Rains round out this incredibly talented and magnetically charged cast.

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Minimizing the Damage: Fox declines to make trailers for ''From Justin to Kelly"

By EdwardHavens

May 16th, 2003

With the "American Idol" phenomenon running at a fever pitch as another champion is coronated on the Fox Network, its corporate sibling Fox Films has quietly decided to not create a trailer for "From Justin To Kelly," their would-be "AI" blockbuster musical movie featuring last season's two finalists, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

The ratings for the show are huge, with over 20 million tuning in each week. Kelly Clarkson's album debuted at the #1 position on Billboard's Top 200 chart, and remains in the top ten. An album featuring love songs by the second season finalists debuted in second place last week and plans were recently announced for a summer tour with 10 of those finalists.

So why no preview to attach to films like "The Lizzie Maguire Movie" or other family-themed films debuting in the marketplace? There are two basic theories:

1) The commercial for "From Justin To Kelly" recently shown on one episode of "American Idol" was, in the words of several fans polled by this reporter, "appalling." There seems to be little chemistry between the two leads. As another fan stated, "Is there such a thing as anti-chemistry? There was more 'click' between Kelly and random extras than between her and Justin."

2) The absolute rejection of "The Real Cancun" by moviegoers has sent everyone involved in movie productions based on the reality series craze into an absolute panic. Reports are coming out of Tinseltown that TV producers -- who were just a few weeks ago were hyping the next wave in reality entertainment to the studios -- are now doing their best to distance themselves from the craze they tried to start. Is "American Idol" not even immune to this perception when feedback on the advertising been dismal?

When a studio gets behind a film, promotional materials can include multiple posters, standees, banners and cute promo kit sent to theatres filled with hats, t-shirts, buttons, window clings, mobiles and other goodies. Reports have come in that Fox will only make press kits, ad slicks and one poster available for the movie which opens a scant four weeks from this writing.

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