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  Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is the filmic retelling of Britishman T. Lawrence's heroic, autobiographical account of his own Arabian adventure, published in "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" (originally published with the title Revolt in the Desert).
Lawrence is enthusiastic about his arduous mission to Arabia: "Of course I'm the man for the job," he tells Dryden.
Lawrence remains with the soft-spoken Feisal after Brighton and Sherif Ali leave the tent, and as they speak about the Arab destiny in the face of Western warfare, the masts of the tent creak as the wind blows.
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 Analysis: the "Lawrence of Arabia" film
The film suggests that Lawrence was an oddball, cynically exploited for their secret political ends both by the British and by Feisal.
Although the film does not show it (focusing instead on the relationship with Ali) Lawrence was a key adviser to Feisal, both during the Revolt and afterwards at the Paris Peace Conference.
If a film purports to be about real historical events and places, and a wealth of information about those events and places is available, it is no defence at all to argue that Shakespeare, with far smaller resources, also made historical mistakes.
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 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence tries to make Prince Feisal understand that he must unite his people and form their own government or they will never be free of outside rulers.
Lawrence is finally able to return to a life of obscurity as a junior officer, trying to escape both his fame and his conscience.
The film has a slight slant to be sure, falling onto the "he was a great man" side, but it tries to tell the whole story and leaves the final decision up to the audience.
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 Al-Ahram Weekly | Culture | 'Lawrence of Arabia' -- 70 years on
It was at this point that TE Lawrence, hitherto an obscure lieutenant with the British forces in Cairo, became "Lawrence of Arabia" and the self-styled leader of a nationalist revolt.
Lawrence was disappointed that the promises he had made to Feisal had thus come to nothing, and Brown notes that from 1917 onwards he had begun referring to himself in letters as "the chief crook of our gang", forced to resume "the mantle of fraud in the East".
Lawrence's own instincts were for anonymity and he invested efforts, to no avail, into trying to escape the "Lawrence of Arabia" legend; "backing into the limelight" his American promoter called it.
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 Lawrence of Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence of Arabia is a film that has had a great deal of influence over me. In fact, I would say that it is partially responsible for the fact that I currently live in the Middle East.
Lawrence of Arabia were meaningless to me. I can’t remember having had any thoughts about the Middle East before watching this film and to me the whole Arab context was just an exotic locale, an “other” that made the adventure possible.
Lawrence most of the time acted in contrast with the Arabs; when the Arab owner of the well killed the guardian who was with Lawrence, the Arab felt that is fine to kill someone who was drinking from his well while Lawrence felt the total opposite.
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 Lawrence of Arabia (film) Summary
Lawrence knew that Britain and France had plans to divide Arabia between them when the war was over, but he felt if he could help the Arabs unite and defeat the Turks, the British would be unable to overlook the Arabs' moral claim to freedom.
The film premiered in London on December 10, 1962, and was released in the USA on December 16, 1962.
Lawrence, unlike his depiction in the film, was far from a pacifist before the war; indeed, he was a crack shot with a pistol (his preferred weapon being a Colt.45 Peacemaker) and enjoyed practicing at shooting ranges when he could.
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 Review - Lawrence of Arabia ...
The release of the reconstructed film also enabled Caton to fulfil his adolescent ambition to take his mother to see the film that had gripped his imagination as a 13 year old boy and which he now credits with sowing the seeds of his future career as an anthropologist in the Middle East.
Taking the film's representation of cross-cultural encounters as his central concern, Caton's explicit aim is to produce a dialectical rather than an ideological critique of the film.
Caton's loyalty to his own youthful encounter with Lawrence of Arabia has produced a richly ambivalent and self-reflexive critique which is as responsive to Lean's epic as it is to currents in film criticism and cultural studies.
www.latrobe.edu.au /screeningthepast/reviews/rev0600/fcbr10a.htm   (995 words)

  
 Charity's Place.com > Lawrence of Arabia
When Lawrence's guide -- who has become a close friend in their lengthy excursion against the expanse of hot sand and sun -- is murdered by an Arab lord, he is forced to continue alone.
Lawrence is also captured and tortured by a Turkish general; a whipping is implied.
For those fascinated by the first world war, Lawrence himself (who has become a controversial legend for the English), or an interest in the origins of the Middle Eastern problems, it is a thought-provoking and often enjoyable epic.
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 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
This is the tragedy that emerges from Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence of Arabia should only be viewed on the big screen for one simple reason; its breath-taking cinematography.
In a film without a single female speaking part, the desert is a friend, a foe and the love interest.
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 Lawrence of Arabia (Newly restored edition) (1963 Film) - Comparison Shopping and Read Reviews
Extraordinary Score, Ordinary CD First of all, the original recording of Jarre's "Lawrence of Arabia" score is far superior to any of the rerecordings.
Lawrence was a man conflicted by personal ambition and a romantic image of the Arab cause.
This unforgettable synergy of sight and sound is perhaps the finest ever recorded on film.
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 EUFS: Lawrence of Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence of Arabia is often regarded as David Lean's masterpiece and contains some of the most amazing photography ever captured on film.
Neither actor had starred in an international film before Lawrence of Arabia but they proved themselves worthy of their casting and, of course, went on to have very successful careers.
Lawrence of Arabia exemplifies Lean's amazing eye for beautiful shots and brilliant editing, but is also a sensitive study of an enigmatic and tragic figure.
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 Analysis: the "Lawrence of Arabia" film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence of Arabia or Smith in the Desert?
Teachers often use David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" as an example of the treatment of history in dramatic presentations.
Advocates of the film protest that it is pointless to assess a dramatic script as history.
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 Film Classics: Lawrence of Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The film was made in 1962 when the issue of homosexuality was not easy for major movies to handle, or even dare to handle.
Lawrence's sexuality in the film is rather ambiguous, although his scenes with a Turkish garrison commander played with malevolent sensuality by José Ferrer and with two young Arab boys who accompany him on some expeditions flirt quite openly with homosexuality.
This film is ranked 9th in Carter B. Horsley's list of the Top 500 Sound Films, 5th on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 films, 6th on Time Out's top 100 films, 23rd on the International Movie Data Base Voters' top 250 films as of Dec. 27, 2000, 5th on Mr.
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 Lawrence of Arabia
David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is an epic of A-rate proportions.
However, films like Pearl Harbor just use the scale to make a bigger action picture, not that there is anything wrong with that, it just takes away the potential for what could have been a great film (though there was not that much potential there to begin with).
Lawrence of Arabia, along with Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) are representations of both the film's director, David Lean, and Britain's view of colonial practices at the time.
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 Lawrence Of Arabia - Review - Seven Pillars of Wisdom
He remarked how the filming of a scene in which he talks with actor Jack Hawkins whilst descending a staircase had to be re-shot later, and so in the final film edit by the time he had reached the bottom of the staircase he was a year older than when he started.
At the beginning of the film TE Lawrence is sent to assess the situation of the various Arab tribes living in the desert.
Lawrence of Arabia is admittedly a very long and character orientated film.
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 T. E. Lawrence Collection
Thomas Edward Lawrence, archaeologist, soldier, and author, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia, was born at Tremadoc, North Wales, on August 15, 1888, the second of five sons.
Lawrence learned to read at a very early age by observing his older brother being taught to read.
Lawrence wrote an Introduction to Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles Doughty for a 1921 reprint edition by Jonathan Cape, the first book to be published by that firm.
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 Lawrence of Arabia Film Review - Time Out Film
TE Lawrence's berserk massacre of Turkish soldiers is no longer motiveless, but a reprisal for the killing of Arab children; he knew his way about in the desert because he was a cartographer.
The two sequences that everybody remembers are still cinematically daring, and both reverberate in the imagination like a gong: Sheik Ali's slow emergence from desert haze into focus to shoot a trespasser at his water-hole, and the cut from a burning match to the rising sun.
As for O'Toole's Lawrence, he is an extraordinary mixture of narcissist, mystic and masochist, a Nietzschean with whimpering crises of confidence, half Man of Destiny, half borne under by the tides of nationalism.
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 The DVD Journal: Lawrence of Arabia: Limited Edition
Lawrence of Arabia chronicles his first fact-finding mission in Arabia, where Lawrence is suppose to find out the views of King Feisal (Guinness).
But hubris leads Lawrence — who seems to identify more with the Arabs than the Brits — to take a disastrous trip to a Turkish-held town, where he is caught and beaten by the local Bey (Jose Ferrer).
There were several Laserdisc versions of Lawrence of Arabia as well, most coming out around the time of the its 30th anniversary, one of which committed the sin of putting publicity stills underneath the overture/walk-in music, which violated the spirit of Lean's intentions.
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 GoneMovie.com ->Lawrence of Arabia Peter O´Toole Anthony Quinn Alec Guinness David Lean   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence of Arabia is set during World War 1 when the British were trying to stop the Turks from gaining control of the Suez control.
Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), a lowly British office on assignment in Arabia, receives appointment as a "military observer" to Prince Feisal (Alec Guiness), who is waging war with the Turkish Empire.
The film originally 222 minutes long, was subsequently cut to 187 minutes and then restored to the original length in 1989.
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 Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness - PopMatters Film Review
As we are reminded by Lean's film, Lawrence's exploits in the sand dunes were used to influence public opinion in the hopes of coercing a hesitant U.S. to join Great Britain in the War.
Lawrence, however, makes a telling transition: at first conventionally British, he slowly morphs into an "Arab." This change takes place not only in the way he looks, as his skin turns darker from the sun and he dresses in local clothing, but also in his sense of morality.
Lawrence's potential homosexuality (as well as that of the Arabs) demonstrates his (their) freedom from the cumbersome moral and social repressions imposed by a "civilized" imperial culture.
popmatters.com /film/reviews/l/lawrence-of-arabia-dvd.shtml   (1084 words)

  
 DVD Review - Lawrence Of Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The great gift of "Lawrence" to world cinema was that the film was as much an "interior epic" (as Scorsese once said) about the inner turmoil of a hero as how his intervention stirred a nation to martial and political action.
Even with the split of the film on two discs, it’s an absolute joy to be able to watch "Lawrence" without having to endure eight side breaks necessitated by the Criterion CAV (full-feature) laserdisc released in 1990.
Interspersed with letterboxed clips and a generous helping of behind the scenes footage, the documentary discusses how the film came into being, the difficulties of capturing the desert on film, the slow erosion of the film’s running time over the years and its eventual rebirth.
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 Lawrence of Arabia Review -- Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival
There is a moment in the film when the hero, the British eccentric soldier and author T.E. Lawrence, has survived a suicidal trek across the desert and is within reach of shelter and water--and he turns around and goes back, to find a friend who has fallen behind.
''Lawrence of Arabia'' was one of the last films to actually be photographed in 70mm (as opposed to being blown up to 70 from a 35mm negative).
The word ''epic'' in recent years has become synonymous with ''big budget B picture.'' What you realize watching ''Lawrence of Arabia'' is that the word ''epic'' refers not to the cost or the elaborate production, but to the size of the ideas and vision.
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 T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) | British Soldier and Author   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lawrence was sent to Mecca on a fact-finding mission, ultimately becoming the British liaison officer to the Arabs.
A monumental work that assured T.E. Lawrence's place in history as "Lawrence of Arabia." A consummate military history, a colorful epic, and a lyrical exploration of the mind of a great man who helped shape the Middle East as it exists today.
An analysis of the creation of the "Lawrence of Arabia" legend including an examination of the relationship between Lawrence and Lowell Thomas, the American journalist who first publicized the story of Lawrence and the Arab Revolt through his war travelogues.
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 Amazon.ca: Lawrence of Arabia (Superbit Collection) (1962): DVD: David Lean,Howard Marion-Crawford,John Dimech,Kenneth ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It's a film about a man who leads one life but is irresistibly drawn to another, where his greatness and mystery are allowed to flourish in equal measure.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is, without a doubt, the greatest historical epic ever filmed and the crowning achievement of David Lean's career.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA tells the story of T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in the Middle East during World War I as he led the Arab revolt against the Turks.
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 Lawrence of Arabia:The Great Epic Film
The intention of the creators of these films is to blow people away with the film`s overall "largeness": an all-star cast, expensive and exotic locations and sets, and a larger-than-life or extraordinary story which justifies the film`s great expensive - and lengthy running time.
But, besides this, Lawrence of Arabia is also the epic by which virtually all others must be compared to, as it is without a doubt one of the most fascinating and greatest of the genre.
He, a somewhat inexperienced individual relegated as a lowly clerk, is chosen to "oversee" the activities of the Turks, and specifically their conflict with the Arab tribes in the region.
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 Lawrence of Arabia : filmcritic.com Movie Review
After watching the film again, I am convinced that it is simply one of the finest works of cinematic genius to ever illuminate the big screen.
Lawrence quickly sees just how caring and great these desert dwelling people can be and ends up rallying the various tribes together to fight the Turks and help the British turn the tide of World War I. Shot in Panavision’s famed Super 70mm format, the film beautifully illustrates the definition of the word epic.
David Lean put his reputation on the line to get this film completed, and the fact that it was even greenlit in the first place says something about the ideology of the motion picture industry at the time, a far cry from its pathetic, uncreative existence today.
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