Mar 4, 2008

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is one of the legendary “epic” films that always makes top 100 lists. The film is almost 4 hours of aesthetically pleasing desert cinematography. Lawrence of Arabia follows the life of T.E. Lawrence and his exploits during the first World War. He manages to unite blood thirsty (this is no joke) Arabs so they can kill a bunch of Turks.

T.E. Lawrence is a sassy Anglo chap that doesn’t even fit in with his own charming British counterparts. He much prefers wearing Arab sheet gear and shooting Turks with his big revolver. Lawrence also has a thing for Arab men. The real Lawrence used to hire Arabs to whip him for pleasure. In the film, Lawrence is beaten as punishment and becomes quite upset. Was director David Lean trying to cover up the truth?

Lawrence of Arabia
, like most other epics, suffers from being way too long. Epics are only long because they lack intellectual content. Lawrence of Arabia could have easily been cut an hour. A film starts to blur together when most of it takes place in a desert. Director David Lean wanted to show how “big” a film could be. He inspired Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to kill American cells in the process. Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) is also featured in Lawrence of Arabia.

I don’t think that I would agree with the assertion that Lawrence of Arabia is one of the greatest films ever made. It looks like one of the most labor extensive and expensive films ever made. I guess it's one of the best films ever made when looking at Lawrence of Arabia with a capitalist mindset. I just thought it had beautiful cinematography and not much depth.

-Ty E

1 comment:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I think we now realise that David Lean was just another talentless british tosser (just like the other 60 million wankers who inhabit that pathetic cunt-try) and all his films are unwatchable shit.