Lawrence of Arabia Reviews
'Lawrence of Arabia' is a four hour film that feels too short. It grips the viewer throughout. It is an Art film that appeals to the masses.
What makes Lean's work even more impressive is that he made a populist film about a man we never get to know, because he does not know himself. 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. A masterclass in film making.
Brilliant and awe inspiring.
Score: A+ GREAT!!!
As if all the sweeping vistas, perfectly captured sunrises and sunsets, and grandiose battle scenes aren't enough, the writing, acting, and directing are all perfect or damn near close to it.
Every film production is rife with difficulties, from logistics to locations to the physical demands of shooting for weeks and months on end. But the thought of doing so in the desert, while creating a 4-hour masterpiece, simply boggles this reviewer's mind.