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Lawrence of Arabia

Title: Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by:
David Lean
Written by:
T.E. Lawrence, Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson
Year: 1962

Since I first experienced Frank Herbert’s Dune (first the adventure game and later the novel) I have been, somewhat romantically, in love with deserts. Its hard to explain, because as a character in Lawrence of Arabia states, there is nothing in the desert. Perhaps this is what is attractive about it.

Lawrence of Arabia tells the tale of British army officer Lawrence and his adventures in Arabia during the Great War. Much of the story is based on historical events, but most of them have been romanticised and change to make a better film. And it is a pretty good film, I must admit. Lawrence himself is an intriguing figure and his striving to unite the Arabs to revolt against the Ottoman Empire is thrilling. Even if the historical correctness can be questioned, I think the film becomes even more interesting considering that most events in the film in some way actually happened in the real world. Still, thi film is worthwhile regardless of what happened in reality.

The problem is that this film is way too long, almost four hours. I did not become bored, but that was because I watched it in several sittings. I do not think there is anything in the plot that actually requires the for hours, so cutting it down to a more humane length would have been desirable. Still, as I said, it is a pretty good film and considering its length, it is remarkable that I have decided to give it three and a half snails.

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