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David Lean

Honored with the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1990, Lean’s 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 Coward’s 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 – if your heart doesn’t ache, you’re just not human!

Demonstrating moments of intimacy through gigantic display, Lean sets up the greatness of Pip’s expectations with the magnitude of his frightful encounters; one with an escaped convict, whose emerge into the frame reminds us what it’s 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 Lean’s 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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"Law & Order" Takes on The New York Times Scandal

By ChrisFaile

July 31st, 2003

Watch out: Television’s current longest-running drama takes on one of the nation’s oldest, and most prestigious, papers. In an episode that begins shooting today in New York City, NBC’s “Law & Order” is filming an installment mirroring the Jayson Blair scandal, which engulfed The New York Times and subsequently caused the ouster of its two top editors. This being “Law & Order,” though, the ripped-from-the-headlines episode will add a further twist, with the murder of a source by the reporter himself— all in order to keep the source from blowing the whistle to the paper’s top editors and to law enforcement.


According to FilmJerk.com sources, the episode – entitled “Bounty” – will focus on a black reporter named Brian Kellog, of the fictitious New York Tribune. Described as “likable, charismatic and intelligent,” the reporter publishes a highly-touted story about bookstore heir and fugitive rapist Mitchell Maas, which includes quotes from the on-the-lam perp. Maas later turns up dead— as does a bounty hunter trying to track him down. With Maas’ death, which has been ruled a homicide, Kellog can lay claim to having been the only reporter to have actually spoken to Maas. In the end, it turns out that the story was pure fabrication and that Kellog murdered Maas (who was on to the scam) after the rapist threatened to blow the whistle on Kellog.

Two of the other roles in the episode are seemingly based on real-life people: Wesley Schultz, the managing editor of the Tribune (shades of Gerald Boyd, who resigned June 5) and Sybil, Kellog’s secretary, the only person Kellog could not hide his true colors from (modeled after Zuza Glowacka, a member of the Times photo department, who was also Blair’s galpal).

Mark Jurkowitz of the Boston Globe recently called the Jayson Blair scandal “one of the biggest disasters in the paper's history.” Blair resigned from his post at the Times on May 1 after being accused of plagiarism and fraud for dozens of embellished stories.

The airdate of the episode is currently unknown. The new season of “Law & Order,” which will be its fourteenth, begins September 24.

It has been a busy week on news regarding the Times, with Bill Keller assuming the top role as executive editor yesterday, the announcement that the paper will add a “public editor” to serve as an ombudsman, and the elevation of two editors to the role of co-managing editors today. Also announced this week was that Blair would be writing a review of the film “Shattered Glass” for Esquire Magazine, which focuses on, appropriately enough, a disgraced journalist who fell from grace after fabricating parts of a story on anti-drug programs.

The Scorecard
Producers: Dick Wolf, Michael Chernuchin, Matthew Penn, Jeffrey Hayes and Kati Johnston
Director: Matthew Penn
Casting Director : Suzanne Ryan
Shoots: July 31 – August 11
Location: New York City
Production Company: Universal Network Television
Network: NBC