Lawrence of Arabia|
Academy Award® Winner
During the First World War, British officer T.E. Lawrence accomplished what many would have considered impossible: he brought embattled Arab tribes together in a "united front" against the Germans.
Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn... View more >
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|by Jason Whyte ||Jan 25, 2000|
"Lawrence of Arabia" is a lot of things. It's a triumph of a man over a government, a powerful study of the same man going mad, and a story of what it would be like to walk Egyptian deserts. Behind the scenes, this movie is a triumph in technical craftsmanship and a masterpiece.
Directed by David Lean, director of "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Lawrence of Arabia" is about as perfect of a movie experience you can get. Running almost four hours and shot in 70MM, it tells the story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and his quest to free Arabs from Turkish Rule. But its a lot more about that. The main focus of the movie is the desert, and what it can do to man, the psychological tumult one can go through when subjected to a lot of wind and sand.
I love this film. I have seen both the original 205 minute cut and the restored 70MM 227 minute cut released 10 years ago, and the latter is the perfect experience of this film. Definitely check it if the film print is in your town, I am envious of you if so.
Rating: **** out of ****
Picture: NA. Film was too old for grading
Sound: NA. Film was too old for grading
Photography: 5+ I think that every movie shot in Super Panavision 70 by default gets this rating. Presented in a 2.20:1 aspect ratio, this is cinematography at its finest. It comes as no surprise that no 1.33:1 full frame of this movie exists on video these days. Seek out the 70MM print at all costs.
Length: 205 mintues original cut, 227 mintues directors cut. Columbia Pictures. Not rated. Dolby SR. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director David Lean has created a wonderful epic from 1962 which the running time is three hours and fourty minutes. Compared that to the recently film that I saw called "The Four Feathers," the film is clocked at two hours and seven minutes. Hardly worth qualifying as a epic, noneless a drama.
I sat though the film for the first time six months back on AMC and I was atonish by the beauty and the power this film had to offered. Lean is a genius at epics. "The Bridge over the River Kwai," is also a masterprice. But "Lawrence of Arabia" is a towering epic without limits. Peter O'Toole plays T.E. Lawerence, an Englishman who went to the Middle East to united the Arab tribes against the Germans and the Ottoman Turks, back in World War I.
One of the memeorable scenes occured when they Arabs attacked a train and the next instant, Lawrence was walking ontop of the train and the crowd cheered, against the backdrop of the music score by Maurice Jarre.
This is one of the best epics of all time and I urged you to see it. This is cinema history at its best. A Must see.