LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) C widescreen 220m/216m dir: David Lean

w/Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Omar Sharif

From The Movie Guide: "David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during WWI. At the center of Lean's superbly sun-drenched, 70mm canvas is Peter O'Toole's eccentric but magnificent portrayal of the erudite, Oxford-educated lieutenant, who wrangles an assignment as an observer with Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), the leader of the Arab revolt against the Turks. Feisal is resigned to allowing his tribal army to become just another branch of the British forces, but the messianic Lawrence, determined to prevent the Arabs from falling under British colonial domination, undertakes a military miracle. ... Lean's film is best appreciated on the big screen, and in 1989 a carefully restored version of LAWRENCE was released that reinstated 20 minutes cut for the original roadshow release and another 15 minutes trimmed when it was rereleased in 1970. Moreover, Lean and his original editor, Anne V. Coates, were finally given the chance to do a 'fine cut' on the film, now 216 memorable minutes long."

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA won seven Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Color Cinematography (Freddie Young), Color Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll, Dario Simoni), Sound (John Cox), Original Music Score (Maurice Jarre), and Editing (Coates). It was also nominated for Best Actor (O'Toole), Supporting Actor (Sharif), and Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt [Michael Wilson], based on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence).