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Lawrence of Arabia Overview:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was a Adventure - Biographical Film directed by David Lean and produced by David Lean and Sam Spiegel.

Lawrence of Arabia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPeter O'TooleNominated
Best Supporting ActorOmar SharifNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario SimoniWon
Best CinematographyFred A. YoungWon
Best DirectorDavid LeanWon
Best Film EditingAnne CoatesWon
Best Music - ScoringMaurice JarreWon
Best PictureSam Spiegel, ProducerWon
Best WritingRobert Bolt, Michael WilsonNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

1001 Classic Movies: Lawrence of Arabia

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 24, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. David Lean's World War I epic stars Peter O'Toole (left) and Omar Sharif. Each Friday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go ... Read full article


Lawrence of Arabia: Part Two – The Destruction of Myth

By minooallen on Jan 30, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Lawrence of Arabia: Part two – The Destruction of Myth Hello dear readers and thank you for coming back to my Lawrence of Arabia blog posts. Last November, as part of the British Empire Blogathon, I wrote Part One of this two-part series. If you did not get a chance to read it and feel the need to c... Read full article


British Empire in Film Blogathon: Lawrence of Arabia

By minooallen on Nov 17, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

British Empire in Film Blogathon Lawrence of Arabia: Part One –The Creation of Myth A portrait of the real Lawrence of Arabia. We open on a lone motorcycle – the very symbol of freedom, the open road – and escape from the trappings of the civilized world. Enter frame right, an elegant, s... Read full article


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

By Beatrice on Nov 21, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Lawrence of Arabia Directed by David Lean Written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence 1962/UK/USA Columbia Pictures/Horizon Pictures Repeat viewing #404 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die IMdB users say 8.4/10; I say 9/10 T.E. Lawrence: It’s clean... Read full article


Top 250 Tuesday: #082 – Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

By Michael on Oct 15, 2013 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #082 on the list, David Lean‘s  Lawrwncw of Arabia. For a longer introduction to this series and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what I’... Read full article


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Quotes from

T.E. Lawrence: I killed two people. One was... yesterday? He was just a boy and I led him into quicksand. The other was... well, before Aqaba. I had to execute him with my pistol, and there was something about it that I didn't like.
General Allenby: That's to be expected.
T.E. Lawrence: No, something else.
General Allenby: Well, then let it be a lesson.
T.E. Lawrence: No... something else.
General Allenby: What then?
T.E. Lawrence: I enjoyed it.


Jackson Bentley: You answered without saying anything. That's politics.


T.E. Lawrence: Where are they now?
Mr. Dryden: Anywhere within 300 miles of Medina. They're Hashemite Bedouins. They can cross 60 miles of desert in a day.
T.E. Lawrence: Oh,thanks Dryden. This is going to be fun.
Mr. Dryden: Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert: Beduins and gods, and you're neither. Take it from me. For ordinary men, it's a burning fiery furnace.
T.E. Lawrence: No,Dryden. It's going to be fun.
Mr. Dryden: It is recognised that you have a funny sense of fun.


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Facts about

David Lean never saw any dailies while filming. He only missed one day of work, though the production endured many illnesses.
Costume designer Phyllis Dalton devised a subtle way to indicate T.E. Lawrence's failing grip. As the film progresses, his robes become thinner and thinner until they are virtually translucent.
Peter O'Toole is considerably taller and better looking than the real T.E. Lawrence (6'3" to Lawrence's real life height of 5'6"). Noel Coward is rumored to have said, on seeing the premiere, "If he'd been any prettier, they'd have had to call it Florence of Arabia."
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