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Kevin Brownlow

Kevin Brownlow was a film collector at eleven and a filmmaker at fourteen. He became fascinated with the silent era and interviewed many of the pioneers, writing The Parade’s Gone By in 1968 and making the miniseries Hollywood in 1980 with David Gill. He has concentrated on documentaries ever since. He is the author of David Lean: A Biography, from which this is adapted.

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“Riskiest Thing I Ever Did”: Notes on Brief Encounter
“Riskiest Thing I Ever Did”: Notes on Brief Encounter

The mysterious letter was signed “Joe.” David Lean’s lawyer had sent me a batch of old correspondence. Struggling with a biography of Lean, I was desperate for any leads, and this one seemed worth following up. But how does one start looking fo…

By Kevin Brownlow

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