Written November 27, 2007
A fictionalized biography of TE Lawrence and the Arab Revolt of 1916, Lawrence was credited with the Ottoman Empire's Arab insurgency when in fact it was Brittain's Foreign Office-Arab Bureau. As a motion picture with anti-war themes & political commentary on the ambitions of government, this movie shows how cutlures can compliment when compassion overrules loyalty to a country's politics.
A timeless classic Lawrence provides ample social commentary on the determination and unity of a culture who if allied, may build a future for a peaceful society.
While Academy Awards do not necessarily dictate excellence in cinema due to so many factors, including the year they are made & judged, Lawrence proves that even with the comparatively lengthy run time and the contemporary films made years later i.e. Braveheart, Three Kings, Syriana, etc....
Great acting by O'Toole, Quinn, Sharif along with superb cinematography by F.A. Young and of course, David Lean's comedic Directorial style.
Written September 18, 2007
This is one of the greatest films ever made! Go see it!! It plays every 3 months at the Aero theater in Santa Monica on Montana Ave in glorious 70mm!!
Written April 11, 2007
Directing, Cinematography, Music, Acting - all top notch.
Written May 25, 2008
Yes, it's provocative, but this could be the greatest film ever. After seeing it for the first time during its fully-restored 1989 re-release, I was hooked. Choose any frame from this masterpiece and it could easily serve as a stunning portrait for hanging.
David Lean was so masterful at using the frame, and the brilliant screenplay by Robert Bolt will keep your attention through all 218 minutes. Likewise, Maurice Jarre's score is highly memorable.
The thing that struck me most about this film was that it is based on a real historical figure, who changed the map of the middle-east, and whose actions resonate in our world today.
They don't make films like this anymore and for some who grew up long after this was film was made, that may be a good ting for them. If you are interested in classic films, this one should not be missed, and will be studied by film scholars for decades to come.
Written August 10, 2010
Peter O'Toole is absolutely brilliant as T.E. Lawrence in this beautiful epic about the Arab Revolt of WWI. The character is multi-faceted and intriguing, and the journey he makes pushes him and everyone around him to the limits of survival. It's hard to believe this story is true!
The cinematography is absolutely incredible. Only when seen in 70mm projection can you truly appreciate the vast expanses of desert, the mystery and beauty of the dunes and stars, and the way mere humans are dwarfed against the unforgiving sand and heat. This movie simply must be seen in theatres. If you ever have the opportunity to watch it on the big screen, GO!