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Siskoid

Not all film epics are grand and sweeping, but Lawrence of Arabia definitely deserves both epithets. Cinematographer Freddie Young is painting with light on this one, and the marvelous cinematography (which manages to make yet another trek through a desert as riveting as the first time Lawrence set off) is beautiful supported by Maurice Jarre's score. The Middle East at the end of the Ottoman Empire is well realized, visually and culturally, taking you on a voyage that might make you fall in love the same way the title character does. It's incredible that such a performance "introduces" a talent like Peter O'Toole to movie audiences, but there it is. At times, I felt the character's motivations were a little nebulous, but ultimately, the ambiguity is probably what makes the film as powerful as it is. It's a veritable cinematic novel (not unlike David Lean's other epic Dr. Zhivago) where characters and nations change, grow, and risk everything. In Lawrence, we have someone who is brilliant, but cavalier, and starts to believe his own hype, which leads to a fall from grace. And that doesn't play out the way it sounds either. I don't think I'd ever seen it in its entirety, though I know I watched large chunks of it on at least three occasions. This time, I didn't even speed or walk out through the overtures, intermissions or exit music. The music really IS one of its best features, after all.
1 year 4 months ago
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Klondike Bongo

Its long. I was always put off watching it by the length.

Just finished watching it and I wish it was longer.

Jolly good film!
3 years 3 months ago
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Realenur

Not a single word is said by a woman. Liberating!
3 years 8 months ago
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danisanna

Interesting piece of art.
4 years 4 months ago
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DisneyStitch

A few months after seeing it I was fortunate enough to see it on a special big screen event with a real intermission and everything. This film defines the "epic" genre in an absolutely perfect way. The opening of the movie is quite fantastic with the various characters claiming to really no nothing of the main character. Several hours later it becomes a wonderous realization that even the viewer can struggle with. Who truly is Lawrence at his heart? A fantastic film.
5 years 3 months ago
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Tiago Costa

4,5 /5
5 years 3 months ago
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tsamlidis

A true spectacle, masterpiece
5 years 3 months ago
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MoutardedShroom

It's repeated to boredom through these comments, but it's so true...

The word "Epicness" just evolved.
5 years 9 months ago
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BigAwesomeBLT

Truly Epic. I didn't feel 4 hours long, although I did watch it over a few sittings in the same day. Next time I'll watch it all in one go. Great plot, amazing use of extras and real locations for scale. Also glad I went in not really knowing anything about the plot.
5 years 10 months ago
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NoShower

Good movie, if you want great cinematography and zero suspense. Nothing about this movie kept me hooked. But it wasn't terrible, for what it was.
6 years 8 months ago
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Carota

abolutely overwhelming. this never can bore me
7 years 5 months ago
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Gilles Debil

Tintin in Arabia.
7 years 9 months ago
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TalkingElvish

Incredible. I put this off for years until I could see it on the big screen and I don't regret it. Just mind bogglingly massive, and a real reminder at how CGI just cannot evoke an emotional response like some of the meticulously constructed and dazzlingly rendered set-pieces this film can boast.
7 years 10 months ago
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Micaela FM

I could watch this film every day for the rest of my life.
7 years 12 months ago
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RoastMutton10

Not something I'd want to watch every year but it is very good, and one of the most well-made and well-shot films out there, very glad I got it on bluray.
7 years 12 months ago

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