What a discovery. The UK’s Huntley Film Archives has recovered rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of David Lean’s wonderful 1962 desert epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Late British journalist Ludavic Kennedy narrates a reel of director Lean, star Peter O’Toole and producer Sam Spiegel on-location in the Middle East, where this WWI-era military masterwork — as psychological, to this day, as it is physical — goes down in glorious Panavision. The footage is in pretty raw shape, but it’s neat to see the making of a real studio epic unfold. They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Thanks to Cinephilia & Beyond for bringing the clip to our attention. As for “Lawrence of Arabia” the film, see it in a theater if you can.