Berlinale: Programme


Film file

Retrospective

Lawrence of Arabia

New Archive Print of the Restored Version of 1989

Neue Archiv-Kopie der restaurierten Fassung von 1989

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
“AN OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT. THE SCREENPLAY (…) IS A MORE OR LESS FAITHFUL RENDITION OF LAWRENCE’S OWN RECOLLECTIONS OF HIS TRIUMPH AS A YOUNG ENGLISH OFFICER ON THE SIDE OF ARABIAN FRANCS-TIREURS IN THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST TURKISH RULE. (…) THE DESERT SCENES ARE MAGNIFICENT IN THEIR BEAUTY. UNFORGETTABLE: THE HUMANE MOMENTS SHOWING HOW LAWRENCE WINS THE RESPECT AND LOYALTY OF THE BEDOU­INS, THE DESERT ANIMALS, AND THE CONTRAST BETWEEN MILITARY OPERATIONS IN CAIRO, THE UNSOLDIER-LIKE HERO HIMSELF AND HIS ARAB FRIENDS. THE REALISM OF SOME OF THE BATTLE SEQUENCES AND TORTURE SCENES IS REMINISCENT OF GOYA.” (ROLAND HILL, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 11.12.1962)

United Kingdom / USA 1961/62, 227 min

by

David Lean

with

Peter O'Toole
Anthony Quinn
Omar Sharif