Lawrence of Arabia Reviews
It had to be said. Production value, cinematography, screenplay-story, acting, truth-imagination, epicness-nuance, musical score. The closest we will ever see to overall and timeless film perfection. Several other films compare in one aspect (of film making) or another, a couple even surpass here and there. None comes close across the board [ For what was possible. Due to the nature of the story, best/supporting actress roles were not entailed.]
Director: David Lean. Actors: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn. Musical score: Maurice Jarre. Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Michael Wilson. Cinematographer: Freddie Young . Film editing: Anne V. Coates. Sound editing: John Cox. Art/Set Decoration: John Box, John Stoll,Dario Simoni.
Beyond the analysis and awards, Lawrence is pure movie making magic. I could write a novela in detail of the moments and methods of making (framed in the true harsh desert over 270 days), yet what better insight could be given than by the greatest director in history. . .
Steven Spielberg's favorite movie of all time is ' Lawrence of Arabia '. Steven quoted, "I couldn't really comprehend the enormity of the experience. . . I actually walked out of the theater, stunned and speechless...It pulverized me. . . I look at that movie as a major miracle... it uplifted me. . . That moment of Lawrence and nature, at one with each other... The transitions. . . The mirage. . . Small things. . . The spectacle. . . got me excited about making movies someday."
More from Spielberg, "I don't think there were a lot of critics that were politically correct...Today it probably would be attacked by writers (trying) to make a name for themselves. . . There are certain movies like that that I think... allow you to take artistic interpretive license. . .When you have a character... He is so bigger than life. . . romantically poetic. . . They could make Lawrence of Arabia today digitally . . . To do it digitally would be a tremendous sin. . . What makes that film...is that it was done naturally. . . with the elements of light and sound and maybe the greatest screenplay ever written..."
Lawrence Of Arabia
The writers' affection towards the protagonist is crystal clear in here and also the soul reason that helps one survive this overlong feature running for more than 200 minutes. Michael Wilson and Robert Bolt; the screen writer has done a decent job but the adaptation isn't as smart as they think. David Lean; the director, is the savior here that executes this character driven feature and is not only supported but celebrated by a beautiful cinematography (not often one encounters a horse riding on the land that looks like water). Peter O'Toole is convincing as T.E. Lawrence and is supported well enough by Alec Guinness among other supporting actors. Lawrence Of Arabia is a brilliant attempt to pull it off on such a large scale which works here for the most part of it but the rest of it, does raise question here and there.
As for the plot, well... it's a bit slow. Particularly so in the nearly four-hour director's cut, which feels completely unnecessary. I've never seen the theatrical release, which is noted for being incomprehensible in places due to the awkward cuts, but it seems suspicious that half an hour or more couldn't have been lopped off somewhere to improve the pace. It's an exhausting watch, and not just because of the draining personal transformation we see in Lawrence himself. There's good material, of course, plenty of it. The hopeless inner squabble of an Arab population that's desperately close to the unified independence they seek. The protagonist's progression from philosophical humanist to enraged berzerker to shattered shell. We get plenty to think about, long after the credits have finally, mercifully rolled, but it's a marathon to reach that point.
A Best Picture winner that's technically marvelous, thematically challenging and open-minded, but the ending left me feeling cold and there's really no excuse for it to run for as long as it does.
Lawrence of Arabia es un hito del cine debido a su soberbio trabajo de fotografía y magistral desarrollo de personajes.
'Lawrence of Arabia' is a four hour film that feels too short and it grips the viewer throughout.
What makes Lean's work even more impressive is that he made a populist movie about a man we never get to know. At one point, a soldier, on seeing Lawrence on the other side of the Suez canal, shouts across to him 'Who are you?' Lawrence stares blankly into space because he cannot answer the question. Almost every line of dialogue is dripping with sub-text. Every shot tells a story and every cut moves the story forward. A masterclass in film making.
Brilliant and awe inspiring.