Written July 01, 2016
I was in my teens when Lawrence was released in 1960. At the time I saw it I loved it and considered it to be the best film ever. Years later I watched it again, twice, and thought it to be one of the best films ever. Yesterday once again confirmed that. The thing that made me sad was that there were only 12 people at the matinee I attended. I felt as if the end of a golden era of film making would never be seen by millions of cinema lovers. Nowadays, because of the MTV and later generations, films have to be agonizingly loud and full of gratuitous action and violence in order to pack the theatres. That's tragic. A long film that gives time to absorb and really study the character of a complex man like Lawrence is one of the best cinematic experiences we can ever give ourselves. The film yesterday was close to 4 hours long and my companions and I had no idea that much time went by. Such magnificence, majesty, sweeping heroism and deeply flawed characters. A true study of human life.
Written May 28, 2016
At age seven, my mother took me and my older brother to see Lawrence of Arabia (spring 1963) at [I think] Uptown Theater in DC. I saw the 1989 restoration at the Uptown, and last night I saw the even more beautiful restoration at Balston Cinema in Arlington at 7 PM showing. After the screeing was over, the audience of 40-50 erupted in spontaneous applause. Truly the epic masterpiece of all time. It may have the greatest ever cast/characters in Peter O'Toole, Omar Shariif, Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, and Arthur Kennedy, and the most spectacular and honest battle scenes. It's prescient in dealing with dyamics of Arab nationalism (Washington Post headline that day on Turksih reprisals against Syria), the arrogance of British colonialism (e.g., all time classic scene where Lawrence and the Arab boy cause an uproar at the British officer's club).
Written February 24, 2017
I bought a ticket for the one-time theater performance at Regal's Westbury Stadium Theatre in Nassau County, NY for 1:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 4. After watching and waiting about 30 minutes through several promotional features, the performance started with the musical overture, which we seemed to hear twice over. The actual motion picture never started and we were asked by a secretary, to wait while the projectionist tried to fix a problem. Then the theater manager appeared about 1:45 pm and reported that it would take more time to make sre the "hard disk" would start, but that we could ask to see some other picture. One person asked for a refund and he said Yes. I asked when the picture would end because I would have to leave by 4:45 pm to make an appointment in NYC. I was told if the movie soon started it would not end until 5:30 pm, so I had to leave and asked for a refund. When I received a refund at the Ticket Office, I was told the disk had not been downloaded before the showing.
Written March 26, 2017
I first saw Lawrence of Arabia in Apr. '63 when I was a girl. Of course I fell in love with Peter O'Toole and the film itself. All-time favorite; I've loved it since then.
The 50th Anniversary Event last night - Blu-Ray, 4K remastered - is beautiful. On the large screen again. One of the (few) truly great classics of all time; and the beauty of what Sony/Blu-Ray/4K has done is just remarkable in every way. Since the 1988-'89 restoration was magical I couldn't even imagine that this would be - yes - beyond magical.
The film is so clear, so lovely that - no matter how many times I have seen it - it is like seeing it better & greater than ever before. Nothing compares with it & never will.
The clarity & beauty of Mr. Lean's iconic masterpiece; the beauty of a great actor in his destined, iconic role has truly brought so much joy to a woman with such happy, personal memories of years ago.
Thank you very much.
Written August 30, 2016
What nerve! Movie never shown. Apparently hard-drive didn't work so after 30 minutes of sitting and waiting received a refund and a sorry. Will never participate in Fathom Events again.