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 September 17, 2007
The only way to view a movie as epic and timeless as Lawrence is on the big screen in 70mm, which I just had the incredible experience of doing.
Written June 26, 2007
setting a man's search for his identity in the middle of the arabian desert, david lean and cinematographer f.a. young (i think that's his name) create one of the most beautiful and gentle portraits of a confused and lost hero.
Written April 09, 2007
a must see on a big screen.
Written December 21, 2009
what 70mm was made for