Lawrence of Arabia

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Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Minnie the Minx » 20 Aug 2017, 17:09

It's 20 years since I last saw this, but we went to see this yesterday afternoon in 70mm at our local artyhouse place.
The first time round I watched in on a small TV. It wasn't that I didn't believe that seeing it on a big screen could be a trip, I just didn't expect it to be SUCH a trip. One of the things I didn't remember at all from the first time I saw it was how funny it is. I have absolutely no memory of it being so funny. And I can't decide if I didn't find it funny then, or I find different things funny now.
Anyway, the most interesting Wiki snippet -Jose Ferrer who played the Turkish Bey asked for more money for his five mins than Peter O Toole for the whole film. However, o' Toole was so in awe of his acting that he thought it was worth it.

What I certainly didn't notice the first time round was how much o'Toole reminded me of Bowie during Man Who Fell to Earth / Low period. Hair, clothes everything. The opening scene with him tinkering on his motorbike could have been him, clothes, hair, even the way he moved.

What a fucking film eh.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Goat Boy » 20 Aug 2017, 17:18

I saw it on 35mm a few months ago. Totally blew me away. I think it's phenomenal.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Minnie the Minx » 20 Aug 2017, 17:20

Yes -if anything, I didn't think it was long enough. I was ready for a couple more hours!
There was a Dad with his two kids just along from us - they were about 6 or 7 years old. Their jaws dropped and never went back up. That was one of my favourite parts of the afternoon.
And in front of us was an couple, I would say late 70s early 80s. during certain scenes, they grabbed hands and squeezed and looked at each other - this film obviously meant a lot to them.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Matt Wilson » 20 Aug 2017, 17:37

One of the great movies of all-time, and seeing it on as big of a screen as possible is the only way to view it.

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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Minnie the Minx » 20 Aug 2017, 17:40

Matt Wilson wrote:One of the great movies of all-time, and seeing it on as big of a screen as possible is the only way to view it.


Yes, for sure.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Sneelock » 20 Aug 2017, 18:11

I think it very possibly inspired more Boomer era directors to take up film making than any other single film. O'Toole's face is certainly among the beautiful landscapes lovingly presented.

I think it's marvelous.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 20 Aug 2017, 19:13

Well hell...I'm not going to be the one to kick sand on Lawrence of Arabia. It's clearly a masterpiece, both visually AND as a portrait of a specific kind of madness that sometimes alters history.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Loki » 26 Aug 2017, 06:26

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I was surprised recently to learn that O'Toole never won an Oscar. He must have been nominated for one, but I don't remember.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Aug 2017, 15:40

He was nominated eight times, Loki - more than any other actor never to have won. They did give him one of those special lifetime honorary oscars though.

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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby Sneelock » 26 Aug 2017, 18:07

Good. I have some problems with "the Ruling Class" & "the Stunt Man" but I think PO'T is as good as a movie actor can be in each of those. What a gifted actor.
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Re: Lawrence of Arabia

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 27 Aug 2017, 14:25

Sneelock wrote:Good. I have some problems with "the Ruling Class" & "the Stunt Man" but I think PO'T is as good as a movie actor can be in each of those. What a gifted actor.


The Stuntman is great! Abs fab! Great performance by the man! Love it!
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