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Lawrence of Arabia at the Westfield

Have you ever seen it? I haven't! It's showing in its entirety on the big screen, complete with an intermission, as part of a series of refurbished classics. This is the 50th Anniversary, so they're showing at a few locations around the city. We'll be catching this at the Century Theatre at the Westfield Mall - 835 Market St, SF, between 4th and 5th - at the Powell St BART Station.

Storyline copied from IMDb:
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.

The movie is at 7pm. If you'd like to join me for dinner beforehand, we can meet at Super Duper Burgers at the Metreon at 6pm - 783 Mission St at 4th.

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  • Dave L.

    Great film and incredible restoration. The colors really popped and the clarity was remarkable.

    October 8, 2012

  • Lee

    How was this event? I am sorry I couldn't make it.

    October 8, 2012

  • Daniel M.

    Hey everyone, if you're coming for dinner, join me at Super Duper Burger at the Metreon at 6pm. I'm a balding white guy in my 30s, wearing khaki pants and a green and white striped polo shirt. Coincidentally, the same shirt from my profile pic. If not for dinner, I'll meet everyone in the ticketing area at 6:45. If you come late, you can still find us at intermission.

    David, thanks for the info on the additional programming.

    October 4, 2012

    • Daniel M.

      PS - it might not hurt to buy your tickets ahead of time. See the link on David's post.

      October 4, 2012

  • David

    There is additional programmming at the event. I assume it will occur first and then the movie will be shown, but it's not clear. The total time is 4 hrs and 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

    "This special event features an exclusive introduction from Lawrence of Arabia star and Academy Award® nominee Omar Sharif, newsreel footage of the New York premiere, as well as footage of King Hussein visiting the film set. In addition, Academy Award® winning Director Martin Scorsese will talk about the over-arching themes of Lawrence of Arabia and its influence on other iconic films in a recent, exclusive never-before-seen interview."

    October 4, 2012

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