Friday, 22 August 2014

Classical Film Review: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

It's been 100 years since the World War I started. And it is an understatement to say that it had a decisive impact on the way we know the world today.

There were a few great men who played a larger than life role in how the war changed the world. One of them was T. E. Lawrence, better known to many as Lawrence of Arabia. The man who led the Arab revolt against the forces of the formidable Ottoman Empire.

Now this boring into (to some) was necessary for those who are already not familiar with the man or the film. Because his life was filmed in the most memorable manner in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) by master English filmmaker David Lean.

The film features renowned actor Peter O' Toole in the title role, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. The film also features Omar Sharif as Sherif Ali, Zia Mohyeddin as Tafas, Anthony Quinn as Auda Abu Tai, Jose Ferrer as the Turkish Bey and Sir Alec Guinness as Prince Faisal.

The film is known for its groundbreaking cinematography, conceiving which was mainly David Lean's genius. The spontaneity of certain moments in the film are magical. And particularly, the remarkable Oscar winning score by Maurice Jarre takes the cinematic experience to another level. As a matter of fact, the soundtrack of Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most popular and recognizable scores ever produced.

The film grabbed an astounding number of 7 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film did not win any acting Oscars, with O'Toole and Sharif nominated.

This was Peter O'Toole's debut film, but despite the early nomination, he was never able to win an Oscar throughout his life. Though he came darn close in The Lion in Winter (1968). He received an honorary Oscar in 2003.

There is a lot to read about the film. But you would be compelled to read it once you watch it.

If you haven't watched Lawrence of Arabia yet, it must top your watchlist this weekend. Very few other good things in the world are going to equal the value it will bring to your time.

Here is the first look. 

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Trailer David Lean by MorinoMashio

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