Lawrence of Arabia (image 1)

There are no intelligent epics like this today and, because of computer-generated effects, it's unlikely that there ever will be again.

Philip French, The Observer

Screened as part of Autumn Events 2013

Lawrence of Arabia 1962

1988 Director's Cut 4K Restoration

Directed by David Lean

David Lean’s 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous.

UK / USA
227 minutes

Director

David Lean’s 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous. Dashing performances by Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif defined the two young actors for life. Premiered at a Special 50th Anniversary screening at Cannes last year, the brand-new 4K digital restoration presents Lean’s 1988 Director’s Cut as never seen before. The new state-of-the-art 4K projection system at The Civic has found its perfect showpiece.

“Peter O'Toole made an unforgettable debut in this magnificent epic by David Lean, now rereleased in its whoppingly complete 227-minute version. O'Toole is TE Lawrence, the brilliant and mercurial Arabist and aesthete who as a serving officer in WW1 found himself leading an Arab revolt against the Turks in the British interest, but failed to create the national self-determination he promised his followers… The blackface casting of Alec Guinness looks ill-judged now, especially compared with Omar Sharif's spirited, ingenuous performance, but what red-blooded passion this film has and what formal brilliance… This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Sony Pictures’ new 50th-anniversary restoration seems fresh and modern, in its political themes and its stunning visual clarity… But the film holds up not only for its historical parallels but also because it’s thrilling and, in its present incarnation, it looks breathtaking.” — Fred Kaplan, NY Times