Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was a Adventure - Biographical Film directed by David Lean and produced by David Lean and Sam Spiegel.
Here is one of the great Hollywood epics of all time and O'Toole's first major screen appearance, which established him as an international star overnight. He gives a superb performance as T. E. Lawrence, a British military observer who, in rejecting British tradition and adapting Arab attire, became a figure of enduring mystique while helping to unite the warring Arab functions into a guerrilla front against the Turks. The restored video includes 35 minutes of previously missing footage. The 30th anniversary special edition features the original theatrical trailer and a 32-page companion booklet, plus a film short on the making of the film including interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The laserdisc edition features a collection of production photos, Wind, Sand and Star, a featurette documenting production, footage from the 1962 New York premiere, and silent newsreel production footage.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Lawrence of Arabia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Peter O'Toole||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Omar Sharif||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Fred A. Young||Won|
|Best Director||David Lean||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Anne Coates||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Maurice Jarre||Won|
|Best Picture||Sam Spiegel, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson||Nominated|
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General Allenby: [indignantly] I've told you, sir, no such treaty exists.
Prince Feisal: Yes, General, you have lied most bravely, but not convincingly. I know this treaty does exist.
T.E. Lawrence: Treaty, sir?
Prince Feisal: He does it better than you, General. But then, of course, he is almost an Arab.
General Allenby: I fight like Clausewitz, then you fight like Saxe!
T.E. Lawrence: We should do very well, then, shouldn't we?
General Allenby: [leafing through Lawrence's dossier] Undisciplined... unpunctual... untidy. Knowledge of music... knowledge of literature... knowledge of... knowledge of... you're an interesting man there's no doubt about it.
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T.E. Lawrence declined invitations to film his writings as early as 1926, when Rex Ingram suggested the idea. Later, Alexander Korda tried to launch a version starring Leslie Howard, written by John Monk Saunders and directed by Lewis Milestone. Over the years, such stars as Robert Donat, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, Burgess Meredith, and Alan Ladd were all promoted as leads. Screenwriter Michael Wilson finally convinced Lawrence's brother to sell the film rights to Sam Spiegel by submitting his screenplay for approval in 1960.
Sam Spiegel, the producer of this film, was once known as S.P. Eagle. He had an amazing talent for finding unusual material and hiring exactly the perfect director to execute it. He produced one of Orson Welles's few commercial successes The Stranger. David Lean, the director of this masterpiece, was a well-respected director of moderate-budgeted English films when Spiegel brought him to international prominence with Lean's direction of The Bridge on the River Kwai. He also worked with John Huston, first on We Were Strangers and most notably on The African Queen. Finally he found the funding from Harry Cohn at Columbia for Elia Kazan's controversial On the Waterfront. Perhaps no other independent producer has been associated with so many brilliant film directors on so many diverse and original stories.
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