David Lean's classic. Epic landscapes, Peter O'Toole looking intense and glam, lots of deserts, at least one camel and a subtle history lesson with added drama.
Plus some fella called Alec Guiness in the cast, also Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, and Omar Sharif.
I have no idea why I haven't seen this film, except it's pointless watching it on DVD. David Lean's films are reduced on TV, and Lawrence of Arabia particularly has to be seen in its original format, laid out wide on the screen.
So - let's get it done. The BFI is screening a restored version - there's 14 dates, the cost is £10 for every screening except for one evening, which is half price. We have tickets for that. Very decent seats, for which we 're charging the cover price plus the booking fee: £5.80.
No extra costs. Start time is 6.10pm.
Afterwards we'll head to the BFI bar for drinks and snacks and to shake out the sand and rub our eyes at the amazing things we've seen.
It's showing in BFI3 - a relatively small screen, but a cool hall, nice seating, a quiet and relaxed setting.
If you want to read about the film, the BFI says this:
Widely regarded as Lean’s greatest triumph, this intriguingly ambivalent account of TE Lawrence’s exploits in the Middle East during World War One is also a landmark in the epic tradition of cinema.
This immaculate 4K digital restoration shows off Freddie Young’s ravishing camerawork and Lean’s meticulous mise-en-scène to authentic effect: not just the baked desertscapes and heaving battles but the tense meetings of military men, politicians and Arab leaders as they plot their strategies against the Ottoman Empire. As conceived by writers Michael Wilson and Robert Bolt and played by Peter O’Toole, Lawrence – an outspoken lieutenant promoted to lead the attack on the Turks – is a romantic poet-warrior riven with doubts and contradictions, half-resisting what he sees as his own destiny even as he becomes a reluctant agent of British imperialism. Maurice Jarre’s sweeping score, a supporting cast that includes Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer and Donald Wolfit, and Lean’s sense of scale together serve to turn modern history into the stuff of memorably heroic myth.
– Geoff Andrew
More here (spoiler warning for the 1st link!):
Epic read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Arabia_(film)
Digested version: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=6986