Author: jbaumgartner

This is a quick shot by David Lean, a real favorite of mine. He famously did two letter-perfect adaptations of Dickens' work - Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, and today's shot shows what a great visualist he was. Lean loved to

I think by now we probably take this opening for granted, not stopping to appreciate how much good storytelling is crammed into this one "silent cinema" shot.  (But when you see the prequels, you realize with stunning clarity just how