Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence Of Arabia Rating: PG 11+

3.8750 out of 5 8 Votes (Members)
Duration
222 mins
Year
1962
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Director David Lean's portrait of British war hero TE Lawrence's life during the Allies' middle eastern campaign of World War One and his failure to re-adapt to life back in England afterwards is one of the screen's most acclaimed epics. The winner of no fewer than seven Oscars (including best picture and best director), amongst the film's many virtues is a star-making turn from Peter O'Toole as the enigmatic Lawrence.

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  • Once again a stunning performance from Peter'o'Toole. Definatly in my top five see agains.

    James (15)

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  • silva, 18

    5 out of 5
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    silva, 18
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    2014-02-06 11:01:01

    In 1962, the British film landscape was barren as compared to its glamorous and fruitful cousin across the pond, but appearing from the distance, almost a mirage at first, David Lean and Lawrence Arabia came forth, allowing the world to once again fall in love with British cinema.
    Based on a true story, Lawrence of Arabia tells the tale of T.E Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) as he ventures into Arabia to unite the fractured Arab tribes, in the hope he can galvanise them forward to victory against the almighty Turkish Empire during World War 1.

    I love how the cinematographer paints a masterpiece that wouldn’t look out place in a art museum; using almost exclusively wide shots and wide mid shots, to allow always for the enormity of the breath taking landscape to be kept consistently in shot, and Lawrence himself only acting as a small dot upon the horizon, to the extent that he appears as merely just another trivial grain of sand on the desert carpet, as they agonizingly trudge across, showing us how unimportant man really is compared to the beauty and power of mother nature.
    But what stands out to me, almost equally, is the contrasting of two scenes that best represent the futile nature of war, because in the end no one really wins. This is best illustrated in one scene where Lawrence turns back into the desert to save Gasim, who wanders aimlessly through the desert alone. Constant editing cuts to the sun, act like a numberless clock, counting the hours to his demise, only to be rescued from the jaws of certain death by Lawrence. But only for Lawrence in a later scene, having to execute Gasim for a crime he commits that threatens to disrupt harmony between the Arab tribes.

    Lawrence’s silhouetted figure dressed entirely in white against the blazing sun, towards the later stages of the film almost in one image capturing his entire essence of meaning to the people Arabia, they see him as a divine creature sent from the heavens to bless them. Even the audience is sometimes fooled into believing this also. In all our eyes, this blonde hair, blue eye person, is truly a messier, but lurking behind those same blue eyes, is a blood thirsty savage and I felt that Peter O’Toole was not just able to do this role justice, in my eyes he exceeded all expectations, and took the character to whole new depths that I’m sure even writer Robert Bolt wasn’t expecting.

    Lawrence of Arabia is also blessed with a beautiful soundtrack that perfectly wraps up the entire masterpiece into a neat little bow, going a long way to explain why the film was described by Steven Spielberg as a ‘miracle of a film’, and for me directed by a miracle of a director. ‘Tributes for a prince, flowers for a man’ David lean is a prince of cinema that deserves all the tributes he gets, a true inspiration to all that follow. Lawrence of Arabia is a film that should not be missed.

  • Sam, 18

    5 out of 5
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    Sam, 18
    Date
    2012-12-06 16:10:33

    An epic that is nearly 4 hours long but still leaves you wanting more. David Lean's vivid depiction of T.E. Lawrence, a controversial military figure, is fascinating from start to finish. The unforgettable score and desert landscape transport you on a journey through Arabia in the volatile period where Turks threaten divided tribes. The transition from Lawrence blowing out a match to the dreamlike sunset is clearly the mark of great filmmaker, and with this transition like Lawrence, you are thrown into a world that is like no other. Each actor is encapsulating, and Alec Guinness, an icon of any movie lover, portrays Prince Feisal. How a white British man can portray so realistically an Arab prince is bemusing. Undoubtedly, this is a film worthy of its seven oscars, as David Lean's intuitive composition and wondrous use of vibrant colours create something that exceeds all expectations. This is not a normal biopic that is pathetically sympathetic and merely creates a grand, complimentary image of some famous figure, but rather an encapsulating depiction of a man that does have flaws: He enjoys murder, is socially awkward and insane but... irrefutably impressive.

  • James, 11

    4 out of 5
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    James, 11
    Date
    2011-10-18 17:34:06

    It has a great beggining and middle section but goes all strange at the end and has a sad ending.

  • ryan, 11

    1 out of 5
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    ryan, 11
    Date
    2011-09-04 00:25:39

    a lengthy and extremely boring film which was pointlessly made.i don't understand why this recieved critical aclaim.it is one of the most slow paced and lengthy movies ever made.i would give it less than 1 star.

  • shaun, 16

    5 out of 5
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    shaun, 16
    Date
    2010-05-14 15:03:54

    Lawrence of Arabia is one of the greatist films of all time and david leans best film. Sure it is very long, but is very relevent to the present day.

  • Lamees, 13

    5 out of 5
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    Lamees, 13
    Date
    2010-04-21 20:06:06

    This film is amazing ecpessially when they are acting teh great times of arabia from morroco and eygpt til sudia arabia.

    They placed a beautyful setting towards the wars and troubles of arabia but the best part was when Lawrence was just in arabia when two boys were riding theer bikes on the wrong side he was nearly dieing....This was an increadible moment not because it was terrifiing but because it was scary in fact that you didnt know what was goignt o happen to him weathere he was goint o die or not he look weak but at the same time strong but yet again he didnt know what to do and neither did I ...I didnt know weather to blink or get scared.

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