Lean Marathon

On one fateful day during the summer of 2013, I watched two of David Lean's epic pictures in one day. In a movie theater. It was the closest I've ever gotten (or will ever get) to participating in any sort of marathon. At BAM's Harvey Theater, the incredible Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were playing on the same day. Shockingly, I had never seen either of these movies, mostly because I had been told many times that I should only watch them on the big screen, but also they're both VERY, VERY long (each film includes it's own intermission) and require a lot of time and concentration. Paying to go to a theater is the best way to ensure that you sit through the whole movie.

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'Here Comes Mr. Jordan' or 'Heaven Can Wait'?

In 1941, a wonderful movie called Here Comes Mr. Jordan was released; in 1943 one of my favorite films called Heaven Can Wait came out; in 1978, a movie called Heaven Can Wait was released. Oddly enough, the 1978 Heaven Can Wait's exact plot was based on Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but the title was the same as another classic film from the same era. "What gives??" I asked myself over and over when I was fifteen and realized the connections. Why the hell did Warren Beatty do that?

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