Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lawrence of Arabia Digitally Restored 50th Anniversary Event: or OH MY GOSH PETER O'TOOLE YOU ARE SO TALL AND YOUR BLUE EYES ARE SO BLUE AND EVERYTHING IS SO BEAUTIFUL!


I went to see Lawrence of Arabia last night [errr, last Thursday night. I may or may not have forgotten to publish this] (full disclosure: I was give free passes by Fathom Events). 

IT WAS SO MUCH THAT I CAN'T EVEN.

I had never seen Lawrence all the way through before (somehow I had managed to see random different chunks of it), so I was quite excited. I brought my mum along…because she had never seen it. I had been told by more than one person that if there was one film that MUST be viewed in theatres – it was Lawrence of Arabia.

And, um, yes.

Reasons Lawrence of Arabia must be viewed in theatres:

1) Close-ups of Peter O’Toole’s face that are 15ft tall.

2) It’s the only way to truly experience the magical properties of Omar Sharif’s tears (more powerful than unicorn blood mixed with fairy dust).

3) THE ALL-POWERFUL DAVID LEAN COMMANDS YOU TO VIEW HIS CREATION IN A THEATRE. 

4) The desert. The desert.


Honestly, the #1 lesson to be learned from Lawrence of Arabia is never go into the desert. Ever. ever. ever. ever. (Okay, the #1 lesson is actually Bros Before Killing Turks...but more on that later.)

But, even though that is the important lesson to be learned, the desert still calls to you. It's so stinkin' beautiful you literally want to go get lost in the desert. WHY ARE YOU MESSING WITH OUR MINDS, ALL-POWERFUL DAVID LEAN?!

Honestly, it's one of those film films -- I mean, it has brilliant writing and acting and such, but the film itself is just an experience. And, obviously, I'm not the first person to say this about Lawrence of Arabia. I actually really don't have anything new to say about Lawrence. Except that it was awesome.

And honestly, it reminded me of how much I love Omar Sharif. When that man cries-- IT HURTS ME.

I mean, Peter O'Toole is one of the greatest actors ever (and one of my all-time favorites) and his performance is beyond words and his scenes of pain or confusion are beautifully done. The entire audience feels the pain and empathizes. But even his tears are nothing close to Omar Sharif's.

Oh my gosh. I just wanted to break down and cry every time.

BROS BEFORE KILLING TURKS, LAWRENCE. WHY DID YOU FORGET THIS!?


Anyway, I quite enjoyed the film and the experience of seeing it with my mother. She was convinced that all the Turks were Germans ("they look like Germans") and about three minutes into the movie she made the grand discovery that "Wow, Peter O'Toole is a great actor" -- but that just makes it all more fun! ;-D

In conclusion of this horribly disjointed post, I must describe my entrance into the theatre to see the movie.

I walked in. The theatre was completely dark. The screen was completely black. There was a single old man sitting in the center of the room. This was playing:


It was kinda awesome.

And, really, go see this film...in theatres. Or sit really close to your TV with the speakers on full blast.

-Millie

1 comment:

DKoren said...

Loved this post!!! Yes, yes, and yes. And when Omar Sharif cried, oh man, it broke my heart.

I'm so glad your full first viewing was on the big screen. I think this might be one of those movies that is just inconceivable on the small screen. It must be big BIG BIGGER! I can't wait to see it again.

Also, love that top picture of Lawrence. Mmmmmmm.

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