October 6, 2012
Great movie, if the presentation didn't ruin it for me
I loved "Lawrence of Arabia." Make no mistake, the script is poignant and hilarious, the cinematography is worthy of a spot in the Louvre and the acting is something to be cherished. The movie in many ways is one long love letter to the landscape; with the rest gravitating between an engrossing character study and a deeply trenchant exploration of what made the Middle East what it is. But if you have never seen the movie before, don't watch it in this format. It was my first exposure to "Lawrence" and the exploratory joy of it was in large part robbed from me. The film itself was preceded by a full 30 minutes of picking it apart, going on and on about the film's artistic and cultural impacts in ways that while interesting, are deeply disingenuous to the first-time experience. If I'd already seen the film it would have been fine for the background but for those who haven't, you must watch the film first before going to a screening like this lest you miss out on what is truly unique.
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