Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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Great British Composers on Film
14. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Malcolm Arnold won an Oscar for the third and final David Lean film he scored. Ironically most of Kwai’s popularity is due to ‘Colonel Bogey’, a march written not by Arnold but by Kenneth J. Alford as far back as 1914. Arnold devised his own march - ‘The River Kwai March’ - to go along with Alford’s as a counterpoint.