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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

Shockingly, at Sony's recent unveiling of its 4K restoration (from the original 65mm negative) of "Lawrence of Arabia," I was not the only person who raised their hand to admit never having seen the film. I was also surprised to learn that the film is not just long, it's indeed epic. After the first three-and-a-half hours I did not fall asleep but was instead riveted by the Oscar-winning mise-en-scene, cinematography, art direction, score, editing, and sound. (The 1962 movie took home seven Oscars including best picture.)

Peter OToole's performance as eccentric T.E. Lawrence did not win an Oscar (he lost to Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockinbird") . As Roger Ebert puts it: "T.E. Lawrence must be the strangest hero ever to stand at the center of an epic."

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif, newsreel footage from the New York premiere and footage of King Hussein meeting director David Lean, star O'Toole and producer Sam Spiegel on the set. Martin Scorsese will also comment on the themes of the film and their influence on cinema.

AFI includes "Lawrence of Arabia" at No. 7 on their list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. Based on T.E. Lawrence's memoirs, the film stars O'Toole as a young British officer who is tasked to Arab Prince Feisal's camp during WWI. Lawrence ends up leading the Prince and his men in their revolt against the Turks through a series of audacious tactical maneuvers, resulting in god-like status among his newfound Arab brothers.
 
Tickets for the anniversary screenings are available through FathomEvents. The film will also be available in a fully-restored Blu-ray with UltraViolet on November 13.
 

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Comments

Elise

…But I'll bet you've seen Star Wars like 50 times, right?

John

This is the kind of crap your blogger "critics" post? Can you say something intelligent? If you can't, and you can't, you shouldn't be talking about this film. Go back to school and learn something before you decide you're a critic and people should for some reason read your writing.

Judy

Just got back from the 12th TEL symposium held at Oxford University. It was an interesting weekend learning more about Lawrence and the people who knew him. The movie only touches on part of his life. If you are interested look for the next symposium to be hel September 2014 at St Johns College. Check out Amazon for books on Lawrence.

Daniel

What exactly qualifies you to write for a film magazine when you haven't even seen one of the most groundbreaking films in cinematic history?

haha

this site loves to snub their nose at the "industry" and the "establishment," but expose their own ignorance on cinema time and time again. When they do want to be snobs I have to wince.

I keep coming back for some news, some interviews but the commentary on this site could hardly be more inept

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