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Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm

3hrs 48mins
Directed by
David Lean
Peter O'Toole,
Omar Shariff,
Alec Guinness

The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.

The film depicts T.E. Lawrence's (Peter O'Toole) experiences in the Ottoman Empire's provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria during World War I—in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence's emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain with its army and his new-found comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.

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