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8,749 Ratings

Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean
United Kingdom, 1962
Drama, Biography, Adventure

Synopsis

British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence is enlisted as a liaison between the diverse tribes of the Arabian peninsula and the British, in order to battle the Turks in World War I.

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Lawrence of Arabia Directed by David Lean

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1963 | 7 wins including: Best Picture

1963 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Heroism in the classical sense had never truly been a subject of the interwar films, which instead tended to celebrate the quiet stoicism of the ordinary soldier. But Lean explored the idea of the hero in a very complex way, depicting Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence as a man in conflict with both himself and the very country for which he fights.
November 07, 2018
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The film’s understanding of T.E. Lawrence (or lack thereof) is encapsulated in its use of white. That we know Lawrence’s fate at the outset of the film renders his figure on screen akin to that of a ghost. The white of his robes reinforces this, as his silhouette is rendered visible by the space it carves out around him—like a puncture, only the edges remain. Thus, in the way white reflects everything back to us, readings of Lawrence’s character find no fixed point.
August 29, 2012
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If there is a single sequence in the history of film that tells you what watching a movie on a big screen really means, and how that larger-than-life way of experiencing a movie can be so important, it’s in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
December 12, 2008
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