I am here with my next New Generation Classic Film Review for Associated Content. This time it is a request from a fellow Associated Content Contributor, Janey Falk. If you are looking for an epic, adventure filled, classic masterpiece movie to delve into then look no further than Lawrence of Arabia. This film was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 7. I know when you watch it you will see why. Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, and Alec Guinness who is best known for his role in Star Wars as Obi Wan Kenobi. This film introduced Omar Sharif, star of Dr. Zhivago , to the American public.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
4 out of 5 Stars
Lawrence of Arabia is primarily a mesmerizing biopic. It begins with a flashback of Lawrence’s time during the Arabian revolt against the Turks in World War I. One of the Oscars that this film won was Best Cinematography in Color. This honor was well deserved because this film is in full splendor of early color films with elaborate details, distinct costumes, and the richness of desert scenes. The camera angles during many of the battle scenes makes you feel as if you are there and it can pull you in at times. It was directed by David Lean, who also directed Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai previous to Lawrence of Arabia.
Not Just Action and Adventure!
This movie is not just all about action and adventure there is a lesson to be learned and an interesting life to learn about as well. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a strong willed man whose strength is inspiring. In the midst of a rivalry, he finds himself becoming friends with his so called enemies. Lawrence finds he can relate to these people more than his own and finds a new acceptance among them. This is a film about diversity and the strength to stand up for what you believe in. It will definitely inflict thought and some reflection.
Get comfortable and enjoy!
There is a director’s cut available on DVD as well as the original theatrical version. This film has not yet been release on Blu-Ray but was released in 2008 in HD by Sony. When I said epic, I meant EPIC. This film runs at about 227 minutes in length. Imagine watching this at a theater without the pause button for over 3 hours? That had to be rough on the bathroom breaks to say the least because you do not want to miss any of this story. All I can say is that it probably helped that you are glued to this movie from the beginning. Forget the length and go forward with an open and unbiased mind about this epic. This is a film to get yourself comfortable and ready to enjoy. Pop some popcorn and pop in Lawrence of Arabia it is one you will not forget!
Rating on Yahoo Movies
This film is given an A by the Critics and a B+ by Yahoo Users according to Yahoo Movies.
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Trivia and Facts
There is so much trivia and unknown facts surrounding this film. I even learned something new about it myself as I did research for this article. I have seen this film 3 times in my life and there was much I did not know. I will share a little with you but check out the links below for more information!
Interesting trivia about this film straight from www.IMDB.com:
“Although 227 minutes long, this film has no women in speaking roles. It is reportedly the longest film not to have any dialog spoken by a woman.”
“Although women have no lines in the film, they occasionally can be seen in the background of some scenes. For the Arabian ones, tradition forbade Bedouin women from being photographed so costume designer Phyllis Dalton had some Christian women dress up in the flowing robes.”
“The film missed out on a 11th Oscar nomination – for Best Costume Design – because someone forgot to submit Phyllis Dalton’s name for consideration”.
“Steven Spielberg estimated that to make the film today would cost in the region of $285 million.
Almost all movement in the film goes from left to right. David Lean said he did this to emphasize that the film was a journey.”
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