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i_PP
want_VB
to_TO
correct_VB
what_WDT
i_PP
wrote_VBD
last_OD
year_NN
in_IN
my_PP$
retrospective_JJ
of_IN
david_NP
lean_JJ
's_POS
war_NN
picture_NN
._.
i_PP
still_RB
think_VB
that_CS
"_"
the_DT
bridge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
"_"
doesn't_DOZ
deserve_VB
being_NN
the_DT
number_NN
100_CD
in_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
film_NN
institute_NN
's_POS
list_NN
of_IN
the_DT
100_CD
greatest_JJS
american_NN
movies_NNS
._.
and_CC
i_PP
think_VB
that_CS
"_"
1957_CD
angry_JJ
men_NNS
"_"
,_,
"_"
witness_NN
for_IN
the_DT
prosecution_NN
"_"
and_CC
"_"
paths_NNS
of_IN
glory_NN
"_"
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
better_JJR
choices_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
oscar_NP
for_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
picture_NN
of_IN
1957_CD
._.
but_CC
i_PP
can't_MD
deny_VB
the_DT
importance_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
bridge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
"_"
-_-
cinematically_RB
and_CC
in_IN
its_PP$
contents_NNS
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
set_VBN
in_IN
burma_NP
in_IN
1943_CD
._.
a_DT
batallion_NP
of_IN
british_JJ
soldiers_NNS
in_IN
japanese_JJ
war_NN
captivity_NN
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
to_IN
build_NN
a_DT
strategically_RB
momentous_JJ
railway_NN
bridge_NN
over_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
._.
but_CS
the_DT
british_JJ
commanding_JJ
officer_NN
,_,
colonel_NN
nicholson_NP
(_(
alec_NP
guinness_NP
)_)
,_,
insists_VBZ
-_-
corresponding_VBG
to_TO
the_DT
geneva_NP
conventions_NNS
-_-
that_CS
his_PP$
officers_NNS
needn't_???
work_NN
as_IN
simple_JJ
workmen_NNS
._.
struggling_VBG
toughly_RB
,_,
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
forces_NNS
the_DT
japanese_JJ
commandant_NN
,_,
col_NN
._.
saito_NP
(_(
sessue_NN
hayakawa_NP
)_)
,_,
to_IN
give_VB
way_NN
in_IN
this_DT
respect_NN
._.
afterwards_RB
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
assiduously_RB
commits_NNS
himself_NN
for_IN
the_DT
building_NN
of_IN
the_DT
bridge_NN
._.
he_PP
considers_VBZ
it_PP
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
raise_VB
his_PP$
men_NNS
's_POS
morale_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
prove_VB
superior_NP
british_JJ
capabilities_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
._.
but_CC
the_DT
british_JJ
high_JJ
command_NN
sends_VBZ
a_DT
few_DT
soldiers_NNS
who_WP
shall_MD
destroy_VB
the_DT
bridge_NN
,_,
among_IN
them_PP
the_DT
american_JJ
shears_NNS
(_(
william_NP
holden_NP
)_)
-_-
an_DT
escapee_UH
from_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
prison_NN
camp_NN
-_-
and_CC
the_DT
british_JJ
major_JJ
warden_NN
(_(
jack_NP
hawkins_NP
)_)
._.
._.
._.
a_NN
flaw_NN
of_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
clich_NP
?_?
d_NN
characterization_NN
of_IN
the_DT
japanese_JJ
people_NN
._.
they_PP
are_BER
presented_VBN
as_IN
if_CS
they_PP
were_BED
intellectually_RB
inferior_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
british_JJ
-_-
as_CS
if_CS
the_DT
japanese_JJ
were_BED
incapable_JJ
of_IN
building_NN
a_DT
bridge_NN
._.
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
doesn't_DOZ
consistently_RB
question_VB
the_DT
military_JJ
spirit_NN
as_IN
kubrick_NP
does_DOZ
in_CD
"_"
paths_NNS
of_IN
glory_NN
"_"
._.
lean_JJ
seems_VBZ
rather_RB
fascinated_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
military_JJ
hierarchies_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
also_RB
perceptible_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
conversations_NNS
between_IN
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
and_CC
col_NN
._.
saito_NP
._.
in_IN
this_DT
regard_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
symptomatic_JJ
that_CS
shears_NNS
,_,
who_WP
doubts_VBZ
the_DT
military_JJ
logic_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
presented_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
somehow_RB
unpleasant_JJ
person_NN
._.
the_DT
audience_NN
is_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
applaud_VB
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
's_POS
perseverance_NN
concerning_IN
the_DT
question_NN
if_CS
his_PP$
officers_NNS
shall_MD
work_VB
on_IN
the_DT
bridge_NN
or_CC
not_XNOT
._.
the_DT
spectators_NNS
are_BER
supposed_JJ
to_TO
neglect_VB
the_DT
risks_NNS
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
takes_VBZ
for_IN
his_PP$
men_NNS
._.
(_(
the_DT
plot_NN
by-passes_NNS
these_DT
risks_NNS
._.
)_)
that_CS
means_NN
,_,
the_DT
picture_NN
isn't_BEZ
perfect_JJ
._.
but_CC
it_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
virtues_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
._.
"_"
the_DT
bridge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
river_NN
kwai_???
"_"
shows_NNS
the_DT
"_"
madness_NN
"_"
of_IN
war_NN
and_CC
what_WDT
it_PP
can_MD
produce_VB
in_IN
people_NN
's_POS
minds_NNS
._.
it_PP
shows_VBZ
how_WRB
colonel_NN
nicholson_NP
becomes_VBZ
possessed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
hero_NN
and_CC
that_DT
others_NNS
(_(
like_IN
shears_NNS
)_)
get_VB
cynics_NN
._.
and_CC
lean_VB
's_NNS
film_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
interesting_JJ
study_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
with_IN
clashing_VBG
interests_NNS
._.
these_DT
points_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
sometimes_RB
ironic_JJ
dialogue_NN
make_VB
this_DT
film_NN
an_DT
anti-war_JJ
film_NN
(_(
despite_IN
inconsistencies_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
treatment_NN
of_IN
this_DT
theme_NN
)_)
._.
david_NP
lean_JJ
's_POS
direction_NN
is_BEZ
really_RB
effective_JJ
and_CC
atmospherically_RB
perfect_JJ
._.
his_PP$
film_NN
is_BEZ
highly_RB
suspenseful_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
in_IN
its_PP$
dramatic_JJ
(_(
if_CS
not_XNOT
wholly_RB
plausible_JJ
)_)
showdown_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
well-photographed_VBN
and_CC
has_HVZ
an_DT
apt_JJ
score_NN
._.
alec_NP
guinness_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
job_NN
of_IN
bringing_VBG
col_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
to_IN
life_NN
and_CC
making_VBG
him_PP
such_DT
an_DT
interesting_JJ
character_NN
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
actors_NNS
deliver_VB
fine_JJ
performances_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
._.
i_PP
like_VB
this_DT
extraordinary_JJ
film_NN
despite_IN
its_PP$
weaknesses_NNS
._.
(_(
c_NP
)_)
karl_NP
rackwitz_NP
(_(
klein_NP
k_NN
?_?
ris_???
,_,
germany_NP
,_,
1999_CD
)_)
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