Wednesday, September 25, 2013

387. Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean

I remember when my sister first saw this movie in a film analysis class she said it was the most boring movie of all time and it was a constant struggle to stay awake.  Naturally, I dreaded it and since my sister are pretty much the same person, I hated it too.

I feel like I have been saying that every movie lately is horribly boring.  This makes me seem like I am not easily entertained.  I assure you that is not the case; a rubber pencil can keep me entertained fora half hour.  However, this is another snorefest but at least that is a popular opinion.

This is the story of T. E. Lawrence's life during World War I.  Blah blah blah.  I don't know if it was the length or the subject matter but I fell asleep twice during viewing.  And if I hadn't been watching the time the entire film, I wouldn't have noticed.

That being said, this is a beautiful movie.  You can just see from the above picture how fantastic the colors look in this film.

There, I gave it some praise so I don't completely fail.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

No women in the film have speaking roles.

Movement mostly goes from left to right.

Steven Spielberg's favorite film.


  1. I 100% agree. I just watched this and OH DEAR GOD! Need I say more? I feel like I'm going to hear about it though. Like, you MUST like Lawrence of Arabia or you're ousted from the film community.

    1. Haha yes I felt the same way about 2001. It's a daily struggle against persecution.

  2. Hi Amanda... I do hope I'm not guilty of any persecution.. You probably have seen the reply I very recently gave to Andrew.. I totaly see the argument from both of you, but I will defend it - to an extent. I'd rather see this again than Ben Hur for example...

    1. Haha I was just kidding. Ugh. I never want to see either Lawrence of Arabia or Ben Hur again.

  3. Well, I take the entirely opposite position and let us just leave it at that.

  4. It's a good film even if it didn't exactly rock my world. I can see why someone who didn't like a four-hour film would get bored by it.

    I'm going to break ranks here though and ask whether Peter O'Toole was really very good in it? Didn't the role require someone of enormous charisma, in some form or other, to carry such a large film?

  5. Technical note:
    Why doesn't this film appear if I click 'David Lean' in the directors list?