LONDON -- The actors Peter O'Toole, Sir Alec Guinness, Sarah Miles, Tom Courtenay and Omar Sharif were among the 800 people who gathered Thursday at St. Paul's Cathedral to honor Sir David Lean, the director of films including "Lawrence of Arabia," "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Dr. HD," "Brief Encounter" and "A Passage to India." Lean died in April at the age of 83.
The Rev. Eric Evans, dean of St. Paul's, echoed the words spoken of Lawrence of Arabia in that same cathedral in Lean's film, calling the director "one of the most extraordinary men of our age and our generation."
As Maurice Jarre conducted members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in "Sunrise" from Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," some of the director's many awards -- including his Oscars for "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia" -- were placed on a table beneath the cathedral's dome.