This is a movie which was made in 1962 and I can count the number of movies on my finger tips which have been made on such a large canvas. This movie is huge, the cinematography is perfect and the way deserts of Arabia are shown is just mind-blowing. It’s a movie about a single man. It’s a movie about Britishers and their conflicting wartime services. It’s a movie about the barbarism of the desert. The story goes as a British officer T.E. Lawrence is given a job to assist Prince Feisel to revolt against the Turks during World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and — for two years — leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.
It depends on people, how they judge the story. For me, it’s a movie that shows the character of a man and how this character struggles with itself and world. We all think the Arabs used to be barbaric but it’s not the Arabs, it’s the desert culture that’s barbaric. In a particular scene, Lawrence becomes so brutal and engulfed in killing the Turks that the fellow Arabs start fearing him; the desert spares no one, not even Lawrence. It’s not only about the dark side of the desert but it also shows the big heart of the Arabs. They never think Lawrence as someone foreign and their beliefs lead to the story of an unsung hero who finally gives an opportunity to unite Arab. It’s a FOUR Star(****) movie from my side. Watch it for the desert and to appreciate how such a movie could be made in 1962
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