70mm Film Fest: "Lawrence of Arabia"

David Lean's epic "Lawrence of Arabia" arrives at the Music Box, part of its 70mm Film Festival.  The 70mm format allows a movie to have a bigger and richer scope and depth to the image, and Lean uses this depth masterfully (in fact, one character's entrance doesn't even properly register at less than 70mm).  The film is brilliant at not only showing its vast desert vistas and tremendous battle sequences, but in showcasing Peter O'Toole in a star-making performance as Lawrence, a man rich in personality, ingenuity, contradiction, and ambiguity.

Getting advance tickets for the movie is highly recommended, you can pick them up at: 

https://ticketing.musicboxtheatre.com/Ticketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=0000000001&txtSessionId=2243&visLang=1

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  • Ron P

    From Wikipedia:
    Lawrence was born Aug 16, 1888, and was captured by the Ottomans Nov 20, 1917. At the time of capture he was 29 years old (not 27). And he was heavily beaten and sexually abused in captivity.
    After WWI he continued with more adventures, joining the British Tank Corp and later the RAF, until the end of his enlistment in March 1935. Two months later he died in the motorcycle accident.

    1 · July 16

    • Al

      Very interesting, Ron - when most biopics pointlessly go over the whole life of a famous person, "Lawrence" manages to tell a full story with just a sample of the amazing things he did!

      The unfortunate side to that is they have plenty of material if they ever come up with the awful, stupid idea of trying to make a sequel. (At 3 hours and 40 minutes, it's only a half-hour longer than the average Peter Jackson movie nowadays. 8)

      July 16

    • Ron P

      I fully agree that filming just one major part of Lawrence's life, to illustrate his character and qualities, was a excellent movie-making decision.
      But there have already been two sequels:
      *** 'A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia' was a 1990 TV episode (107 min) of 'Great Performances', and rates a 7.1 on IMDB. From Wikipedia: "The film was generally well received and deals more with the political ramifications of Lawrence's efforts in the Middle East." And Ralph Fiennes played Lawrence!
      *** 'Lawrence Al Arab' was a 2008 TV series made by a Syrian director.

      July 17

  • Alma

    I am sorry I had to run, was sooo jetlaged, but enjoined the movie very much and our short discussion afterwards. Thanks for organizing Al!

    1 · July 16

    • Al

      Hey, that's amazing you were up for joining us in watching a nearly 4-hour movie after barely getting off a plane! Hope the lag has settled for you by the time "Patton" rolls into town (where frankly, we'll probably sneak some discussion on "Lawrence" as well, since both movies are epic looks at complex historical figures)

      1 · July 16

  • Al

    You can get the full script for "Lawrence of Arabia" at:

    http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Lawerence_of_Arabia.pdf

    Not only is it full of great dialogue, but the screenplay has a lot of description in it that adds detail and context to the already rich and complex story we see on screen!

    1 · July 16

  • Mark K.

    Swell! I wish more folks could've hung out after the movie, though...but I had fun w/ those that did.

    July 16

  • Reno L.

    FYI the ticket site says 7:00 ??

    July 7

    • Al

      We'll meet up outside the main theater both at intermission and after the movie, by the secondary bar.

      July 14

    • Al

      Look for the short sleeved white shirt with a MEETUP sign in front of it.

      July 14

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