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Bridge Over The River Kwai
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Amphion
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30 December 2009 - 5.50pm

Having just seen the classic 1957 movie, Bridge Over The River Kwai, I can't help but wonder if John Lennon watched this film sometime around 1966-67. The reason I say this is because a) William (Billy) Holden plays the part of a Major SHEERS, (Billy Shears, anyone), also, there is a scene where Holden is on the beach at Ceylon with a pretty nurse, he says to her, I've had the Tranquilisers, I've had the Epidema, when All I Need Is Love! The Nurse replies, It's True, All You Need Is Love.

 It has been my experience of watching programmes and films from the 50's/60's, and wondering if these programmes/films had any influence on some of Lennon's work. I believe John was famous for having an interest in watching all sorts of TV/Films. I sometimes wonder if the 1967 made version of Alice In Wonderland had any influence on certain songs of that period. There are various references that might later be seen in Beatles lyrics., or perhaps the film merely echoed the times???

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skye
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1 January 2010 - 7.14pm

I'm wondering if he would have been able to see it. Would a ten year old movie gotten a lot of air time on tv? I don't think Kenwood had it's own theater. Of coarse, he could have seen it in 1957, and only thought of it when he was under pressure to write a song.

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3 January 2010 - 10.29am

Very possible in fact.  I remember seeing this as a little boy on TV (I've since watched it again not long ago as I have the DVD - great film) so that would have been mid sixties. Most likely a film aired over the Christmas period.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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7 January 2010 - 6.59pm

I would have thought it was a film that would have been aired quite frequently here in the UK. Also, don't forget that John  started filming 'How I Won The War' not long before the 'Pepper' sessions would begin, so it is possible he looked at other 'war' films just for the sake of research??? They (Beatles) did a lot of work with 8mm Film camera's in 67, so it's possible this group who probably had access to many things us mere mortals could have only dreamt about, had access to their own projectors. Only possible. Remember, John would spend the rest of his life filming everything he did, so there was definatley a great interest in the movies and movie making!

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