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Filmmaking at its finest. So much to be said about this film and no need to say it.

Probably one of the top ten films made, ever, in any genre or time period.

Playing right now on TCM.
 
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Yes, agree about the movie and some of the points made by Lawrence are why the Middle East has been such a mess ever since.


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I am going to dedicate myself to getting through a lot of the classics. I can't wait. Thanks for the recommendation.
 
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The sound is out of sync a bit

David Lean's scene transitions are masterful. You find the same kinds of transitions in Doctor Zhivago.

 
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It took me sooooo many years to get to this and in a world full of hyperbole this movie is absolutely the REAL DEAL when people say it is one of the best movies of all time. Just an amazing movie made so much more amazing when you consider all the extras, locations etc.

This is absolutely one of the few that lives up to the moniker of one of the greatest movies ever made.


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The central question of the film, and which goes unnoticed by many: "Who are you?"

At the 1:20 mark

 
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I watch this at least once a year. A masterclass in film making.

Casting = perfect

Script = perfect

1st and 2nd unit = perfect

Editing = perfect

Soundtrack and sound editing = perfect

It doesn't get better than this.
 
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Nothing less than magnificent.
And in today's world, more important than it's ever been.




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"I like it because it's so clean". One of my very favorite movies. I just put it on my re-watch list.



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"Thy mother mated with a scorpion."

I comment every time LOA comes up, and I've brought it up at least a couple of times myself. My father took my brother and me to see it first run. I was nine years old. Don't know how many times I've seen it since then. My all-time favorite movie.
 
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The desert visuals are stunning.


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About 40 years ago I came home one afternoon from work and turned on the TV, which we had just hooked up to cable, and this movie came on.... I was standing up in front of the TV and started to watch it.... I watched the entire movie standing there.
 
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One of David Lean's Big Three; The Bridge on the River Kwai & Doctor Zhivago being the other two.


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I can't remember where I heard this, but Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in a manner as to show the vastness of the Arabian Deserts, and was made for the "big screen".

Not that I'm a huge cinematic expert, but I have to agree. Two TOTALLY DIFFERENT experiences watching it on a 35in TV and a 57in with surround sound. I can't imagine it on the "big screen" in a theater.

I would put Lawrence of Arabia in the top 5 Movies made.


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I can't remember where I heard this, but Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in a manner as to show the vastness of the Arabian Deserts, and was made for the "big screen".

Not that I'm a huge cinematic expert, but I have to agree. Two TOTALLY DIFFERENT experiences watching it on a 35in TV and a 57in with surround sound. I can't imagine it on the "big screen" in a theater.

I would put Lawrence of Arabia in the top 5 Movies made.


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To film Omar Sharif's entrance through a mirage, Freddie Young used a special 482mm lens from Panavision. Panavision still has this lens, and it is known among cinematographers as the "David Lean lens". It was created specifically for this shot and has not been used since.


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And ah, yes, Maurice Jarre's musical score for this film. In all the films I've ever seen, there's no music which uplifts me more than this.

Director Lean's use of the music in this scene is very effective, with the score halting abruptly so Lawrence can speak his line. One of my favorite moments in all of film history. Indescribably good.

This is the scene in which Lawrence becomes fully accepted. He brings a man out of the desert after being told that God fated the man should die; "It is written"

"Nothing is written". At the two minute mark



Look at Omar Sharif's bearing as he walks. Look at the way O'Toole looks at Sharif before he removes his mask. Everything about this film is sublime.
 
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One of the finest examples of art ever crafted. I never tire of it.

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I am embarrassed to say that I have not seen this film.
To my credit, it is now on the list.
Along with many others that have been recommended here on SF.



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I have a question, or something I’ve thought about.

At the end, when Anthony Quinn confronts Omar Sharif, and accuse him of loving Lawrence.

Being that they experienced almost all of the saga together, how could Quinn not have as much feeling for Lawrence as Sharif did?

Was it the initial crossing the Nefud desert? That almost impossible feat that bonded them so deeply, or does it just show that the Prince is just a more thoughtful man?
 
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I am embarrassed to say that I have not seen this film.
To my credit, it is now on the list.
Along with many others that have been recommended here on SF.


I am a movies for entertainment person. I can find quite a lot of joy in something like Sharknado for example. I want to be entertained.

Now that said FILM as an art Form can absolutely be entertaining as well as technically wonderful. Sometimes however I can watch a film that I thoroughly appreciate the artistry but don’t get a huge enjoyment from it. The Godfather comes to mind. I know I know get a rope. It’s an amazing film but doesn’t quite entertain me.

Lawrence of Arabia took me FOREVER to get around to but when I did I was a little gobsmacked at just how good it was from LITERALLY every piece. Music, cinematography, the artistry, the acting and beyond all of that it is a hell of an entertaining movie where all of its artistry and technical excellence just disappears into a wonderful holistic experience.

Like I said above. The vast amount of time somebody says this is that is one of the greatest movies of all time it tends to be hyperbole. Lawrence of Arabia IS ABSOLUTELY IN EVERY WAY one of the greatest movies ever made.

So what I am saying is make time to watch it. I think you will love it.

And yeah yeah I will expect a horse head in my bed in the near future. Smile


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