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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! It must have been about 8 or 9 years ago when I finally saw LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. I had purposefully put off seeing the film in my teenage years because I wanted to experience it the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. I found myself in Los Angeles when a newly remastered print was floating around and I ended up seeing it in 70mm at the Cineramadome in Hollywood. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen more than a few 70mm presentations in my time, but that experience stands out. The print was gorgeous, the movie was the gold standard of epic studio filmmaking and goddamn did it fill out the entire enormous Cineramadome screen, edge to edge. Also, Jack Black was the guy in front of me buying tickets and I got to tell him how much of a Tenacious D fan I was during the intermission as we stood in line for concessions. What’s there to say about this film that hasn’t already been said by men and women much smarter than I? Peter O’Toole has given us many great performances, but his T.E. Lawrence will always be the high water mark of his career. He’s young, brimming with charisma and an edginess that makes him slightly unpredictable. Mix that leading performance for the ages with David Lean’s genre-setting direction and eye for shots (everybody tries to make David Lean deserts, but none have fully succeeded) and you get one of the best films to ever be put upon the silver screen. Below is a picture of Sir O’Toole between takes. Click for the bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic explores strange new worlds, seeks out new life and new civil-eye-zay-shuns! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West

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  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    They had typewriters back then?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    how nonchalant :-)

    by billyhitchcock1


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Nice to see...

    by Rendell

    some love for Sir Peter and still making movies well into his dotage! Truly a life lived well...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Peter no Tool.

    by alan_poon

    What a guy. His most famous film and I'm loathe to admit I've never seen it.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Boring-assed movie

    by Speed Fricassee

    I'll never watch it again.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    looks like he

    by Wyndam Earle

    rolled that cig himself..

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Fricassee. Glad youre never watching it again.

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Id hate to see a masterpiece get sullied by the likes of your tasteless eyes more than once. Its like watching a beautiful,classy woman on a blind date with a greesy douche who smells like axe body spray and farts. Go pop in your copy of Pearl Harbour and shut your pie hole.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Fricassee is a Philistine

    by schadenfreudian

    end of line.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by SleepyMan this movie still on?...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by Atreides001

    fuck off.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Now THAT

    by HapaPapa72

    is a cool behind the scenes pic. Maybe it's time to watch this movie.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I've watched it from beginning to end

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    So I'm also a philistine. But what I did see amazed me. I'll get round to watching the whole thing sooner or later.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I was expecting BTS of a Dos Equis commercial...

    by CREG

    "Stay thirsty my friends."

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    hmmm lotta smokers

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    serling now THIS... i should start up smoking.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Quint Saw This In The Dome...

    by utz_world

    ...and I haven't. Damn you, Quint! I hope you get eaten by a shark on a sinking ship! <p> :)

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Lawrence of Arabia was an ok performance

    by Snookeroo

    but it really pales compared to his Supergirl bit.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I know this is his iconic role, but my favorite

    by skimn

    performance is his role in My Favorite Year, playing an Errol Flynn type movie star/lush. It seemed to fit his persona to a T.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    in my top ten

    by macheesmo3

    This is my fave Lean movie and is definitely in my top ten fave films of all time..... There isn't even an average performance in the whole thing, the cinematography.... annoying "tacked on" romance to muddle everything up... it's damn near a perfect movie!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Jump cut of match blown out to desert,

    by skimn

    is as famous as Kubrick's bone to spaceship, although Kubrick's just blew everyone's mind.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Today's generation cannot appreciate this

    by cgih8r

    I mean this is really up there as one of the best films ever put together. In a time where the word "Epic" is thrown around like dirty laundry this movies serves as a reminder of what a true Epic really is and there have only been a few. To people who say this movie is boring, some movies are made for intelligent well rounded audiences who appreciate history. Read the history behind it or watch the history channel special and understand that everything you are watching is almost completely accurate. That shit actually happened. If you want something with a faster pace that is fiction and more on your I.Q. level watch Wolverine again.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    what's the point of this?

    by MC-909

    Anyone can search images of "behind the scenes". What the hell happened to AICN?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I dont get it either

    by RPLocke

    We've seen these behind the scenes things MANY times before. Sometimes I think three people run AICN.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Git him!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Best movie ever made.

    by SmokingRobot

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Would someone give me a broom?

    by DadTimesTwo

    So I can sweep up all the names the writers on the site drop?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor was worse

    by Speed Fricassee

    Once you clowns discover Kar Wai, Kurosawa, Tarsem, Junet and/or Gilliam, we can talk. If you have to remind yourself that a stale work was originally impressive "at the time it was made," then it fails in the long run. True classics stand the test of time, and Lawrence ain't got no legs. Don't hold a movie up on high just cuz your grandaddy told you he liked it.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I was at that Dome show...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    Some one yelled "Lawrence" at the top of his lungs right before it started. I lived near Culver city and I didn't have a car. I had to take two or three buses and then walk the rest of the way. Seemed appropriate.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    "Today's generation cannot appreciate this"???

    by The_Reasoner

    I'm 26 years old, and I LOVE The Twilight Zone. I recently watched through all 156 episodes in about a month. My sisters are fans of the show, as well. There are some in "today's generation" who can still appreciate true genius.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Word to your mother, Fricassee

    by sweeneydave

    I watched this movie the whole way through. And was bored. The whole. Way. Through. "Achingly long" doesn't make something "epic".

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Ha! lmao Syd!

    by Skyway Moaters

    I was going to ignore the troll. Well done. <p> Was I the only one to call this BTS pic from Quint's hint yesterday? Just about my 'most favoritest' film ever {:-)

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Ha! lmao Syd!

    by Skyway Moaters

    I was going to ignore the troll. Well done. <p> Was I the only one to call this BTS pic from Quint's hint yesterday? Just about my 'most favoritest' film ever {:-)

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I really liked those Young Indiana Jones episodes

    by RPLocke

    where Indy meets up with TE as he's just starting his trek across the desert. They get involved in an adventure looking for something called The Jackal.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    I'm CURSED!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Fricassee and Sweeney Dave

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Two of the best arguments around for abortion! (And if we wanna extend the definition of "late-term," maybe your mothers could be convinced to do their duty to the rest of the planet right now?)<p>And, oh, yeah -- great movie!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I Saw It At The Dome as Well

    by WriteFromLeft

    It was the last screening before the theater underwent renovation to become the ArcLight. It was as close to a religious experience as I've had at the movies. I'd never seen it on the small screen. I never will.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by imagin78

    Whatever credibility you had got lost when his pretentious name popped up. <p> I finally saw Lawrence about 4 years ago after hearing insane praise for it my entire movie-going life. I figured it couldn't even come close to the hype... especially after being less than enthralled with Doctor Zhivago. However, I was transfixed for every second of the film. Wonderfully acted, shot, directed and written. A true masterpiece and surprisingly prescient to today's events in the Middle East.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    and deflowered his bride, right?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, let's not go over the top here...

    by Lemure_v2

    Tarsem has directed ONE great film, that hardly makes him a legend (not the JLO one). And with the execption of Amelie, Jeunet hasn't been the same since Caro left him. As for Kurosawa, I'm probably alone on this but I was bored to tears watching Seven Samurai and Ran. Like Lawrence though.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah. Tarsem.

    by Speed Fricassee

    Try and name a more imaginative & breathtaking live-action family film from the past two decades than The Fall. Tarsem did far more than lug a camera around halfway around the world and wrap a plastic bag around it to capture some sand. I'll bet you Lawrence-lovers also think that Ron Fricke's feature length turds shine brightly, too.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by ManaByte

    He's never been knighted...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Jack Black? How'd that go?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Heard he was sort of an asshole in person. True?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Lawrence of Gayrabia...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Not that there's anythingwrong with that.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Typewriters were invented in the mid-1800's.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    HarryKnowlesNonExistentInception Review

    by RPLocke

    Yes, I know that. It's called a joke.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by utz_world

    Maybe the younglings who piss on LOA do so because they saw it on their 46 inch LCD TV's. Ask anyone who's seen this in a theatre and they'll tell you: Your puny ass TV screen ain't big enough to capture the magnitude of this movie. Same with 2001. <p> FWIW, I saw this in 2000 at The Egyptian in 70MM but on their lame 50 foot screen. After that screening, I vowed to never see this movie ever again till I see it in the Cinerama Dome. 10 years have passed and my vow remains unfulfilled. The 50th anniversary is in 2 years...I have hope!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I have a theory...

    by ConfusedPanda

    ...and I don't mean to sound cynical, yet I almost believe the main writers of this site are currently in the middle of a long transition phase to make the AICN website completely automated. The DVD column will eventually be completely created and maintained by Amazon, and Harry won't have to inject any personal writing into the column. I also think the Behind the Scenes Picture of a Day will eventually be run and maintained by Google, with the written articles for the pictures provided by Wikipedia. Herc's TV-related articles will simply be ratings graphs and episode descriptions from IMDB and All of this is already in the works. Believe the unbelievable.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    They still have historical documentaries on the "History" Channel??? All I'm seeing is douchebag pawn shop proprietors ripping off drug addicted yokels, idiots picking through rusted out garbage in hillbilly back yards, and ripping off said hillbillies, Eric Von Daniken crackpots, Bible thumpers and their fake-ass "biblical" history scams, stupid fuckin' Alaskans being paid far too little by predatory oil companies to drive on ice, toothless pigfuckers killing alligators and other wildlife, gun nuts having shooting contests, assholes sawing down America's last old-growth forests, CGI buildings falling down and, for some reason, Stan Lee hosting an updated carnival freak show. None of them having even the slightest brush with even the concept of "history" in any sense whatsoever. Just because some over-paid marketing major comes up with a tag line, "History made every day," doesn't mean a bunch of lame reality shows aimed at Mongoloid America have anything to do with history.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Well said breedqueen...

    by Skyway Moaters

    You've covered a good deal of what makes LOA so compelling and re-watchable. I seen it at least 20 times in various formats and notice something new, some subtle shade of mood, some detail of character, every time. <p> Every performance is letter perfect: Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Guiness, Quinn, Shariff, Jose Fererr?! All magnificent. What a cast. Don't even get me started about O'Tool's turn. Truely one of the greatest performances in cinema history. <p> I can't even remember the name of the actor that plays the reporter, and I think about several of his lines all the time: "Oh you rotten man, let me take you bloody rotten photograph" (paraphrased), and: "Jesus wept!" An amazing amazing cinematic achievment...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    "Sherif Ali! So long as the Arabs fight tribe

    by Tacom

    against tribe. So long will they be a little people! A silly people! Greedy, barbarous and cruel, as you are!'

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Yeah, W-F-L, same show.

    by Dr.DirtyD

    Small screen doesn't bother me too much. That's why I love the movie so much, it works as a big screen epic AND it can be viewed as a small character study. They seem to play it every year up in SF at the 70mm festival at the Castro Theater. I'm sure they'll do it again this year.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "Who but they?"

    by Dr.DirtyD

    Take that Lawrence.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Saw 3/4 of this on VHS in the 80's

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Thought it was the most boringest crap ever mainly cuz all i saw was the sun and desert and people talking to nobody..then they released the restored 70mm print and I figured I have a friend to torture man will he be pissed so we went to see it and I was blown away one of the best movies ever..looked like it was just made..yeah no pan and scan pristine 70mm print makes a huge difference...but best O'Toole performance in my opinion was in The Stuntman.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Jack Black sucks.

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    one of my favorites

    by Dollar Bird

    I've been lucky enough to see this in 70mm twice, and one of those times was the 1st time I saw it. Amazing film. Actually, I just watched it with my father over the weekend. I mentioned to him how I loved how almost everyone travels across the desert from left to right in the film and he got a kick out of that and noted it aloud the first half-dozen times he saw it. Great film; perfect script, flawless acting, nice score, incredible cinematography, and powerful themes on both a micro and macro scale. I've watched it more than a dozen times and it never feels stale or drags. [I pity those who don't care for the film, but to each their own. It's kind of like when you date a vegetarian. You respect their choice, but feel bad because they're missing out on so much, and it's one less experience you can share with them.]

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Nothing beats a 70mm print

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Nothing. Its still the format of kings. I was lucky enough to see 2001 in 70mm once, and it was the most glorious cinematic experience of my entire life.<P>You can keep your fusion 3D Mr James Cameron, 70mm kicks its ass.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by schadenfreudian

    Yeah, that's an impressive list. It'd be more impressive if I wasn't already familiar with all of those filmmakers. <br> Knowing the names of some directors doesn't make Lawrence of Arabia less epic. And just so you don't think I have a slavish devotion to movies my grandparents like, I think Gone With the Wind and Dr. Zhivago are both plodding, boring, unwatchable crap. But that's me. Perhaps I'm a philistine, too?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I have come across TBs that have said 2001 is boring and overated, and I watched The Exorcist recently and thought, what would todays audience make of this. There's a noise in the attic, a girl pees on the floor during a party, a priest has a test of faith, etc. "Geez, where's the gore?..." I could hear them say. I know another revised edition is coming out this September. I'd be curious to see how those who are unfamiliar with it respond to it.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Good call Hermes...

    by Skyway Moaters

    I had almost forgotten about the "Stuntman". Still like his LOA better, but he was great in that film . My dad quipped that it should have been called "The Director" (heh). What was the character's name? Eli? The dirty bastard. Remember the scene where he get's the Barbara Hershy character too cry through cruel underhanded means? Someone mentioned "My Favorite Year" earlier. O'Tool was HILARIOUS as "Swann"(?): "I'm not an ACTOR! I'm a MOVIE STAR!"

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Once again...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    ... the posts are filled with Little Eberts' that believe if then don't LIKE a movie, that makes it a BAD movie. I love LOA... I don't care for GONE WITH THE WIND. But I can respect GWTW for what it is. For the record... "it sucks" and "it was boring" are not helping your case.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    O'Toole's *best* perforamnce just might be Henry II in "The Lion in Winter"... Anthor GREAT film that some of you would be bored to death by...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Ahhh The Stunt Man , the movie that I developed

    by skimn

    a serious crush on Barbara Hershey.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    O'Toole in BECKETT was great, too.

    by ColonelFatheart

    Although that movie belonged to Mr. Burton. <p>Yeah, that one is probably too boring or "half-assed" for some of you mo-mos, too.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by OhWhatTheFeckEver

    No matter what the fucking pussy politically correct twats say, SMOKING IS FUCKING COOL!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Yea that Lean, whatta hack..

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Speed, Jesus Christ...

    by white_vader

    The Fall is fine, but your hype, especially where "imaginative" is concerned, is a bit embarrassing. Go learn some art history, look at some photography, look at some of the same books he obviously has (and don't bother with the "everyone does it", I'm talking about the context and manner in which he presents such imagery) then come back knowing he madly re-appropriates/blatantly rips off existing art and passes it off as his own. Worse still he gets away with it and is lauded by an ignorant audience. Hey! Like you! I'm not saying he's the antichrist at all, just saying open your eyes a bit and be honest. And yes, at least it was much better than The Cell, even if it does fall apart a bit at the end.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by white_vader

    I stand corrected. Lean sux!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Since we're talking about Peter O'Toole movies...

    by Rendell

    How about "What's New Pussycat" and Murphy\s War. Not to mention "Night of the Generals" in which he costars with Omar Sharif as an SS general!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Pinnacle of his career

    by NippleEffect

    Was *My Favorite Year*<br> "Damn you! I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!"

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Well it seems that the consensus

    by sweeneydave

    is that Lawrence of Arabia is genuinely geekworthy. I was plumb bored with the whole thing and I'm older than some of the folks praising it (32). So maybe I should check it out again. Other films I've been severely reprimanded for finding dull include: Das Boot, Once upon a Time in the West, Bridge on the River Kwai, and Rear Window.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Do I have adequate reason for finding

    by sweeneydave

    those others boring, or must I revisit them again?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    AICN needs an "ignore" feature, big time.

    by daggor

    Big time.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave, REAR WINDOW is terrific

    by CountryBoy

    but I don't know how to convince you of that. One of the most interesting things about it (though it won't change your opinion) is that the whole movie was of course filmed in one room; but they built one of the biggest sets of all time to make it: the courtyard and the wall of apartments outside the window. All that space, just to be viewed from the confines of one of the TINIEST film sets ever used... Ain't it cool?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    True story: David Lean and Ingmar Bergman were chatting...

    by CountryBoy

    They were discussing their different directing styles; and Bergman said, "I usually make my movies with about 18 friends."<p>Lean said, "That's funny. I usually make mine with about 200 enemies."

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, "Murphy's War" RULES!

    by Skyway Moaters

    Hadn't thought about that film in years. "CAAMON MY SON!" *BOOM* "Oh crap what'd I do?!" *Gurgle gurgle blub".

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Seriously, it's one of those films...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... that if you run across it on cable or something, you end up watching the rest of it regardless on where you come in. Absolutely fascinating character study...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    prince of persia pop-up


    how much is AICN getting paid to fill a 4th of my screen with this prince of persia pop up ad every time my mouse strays within 5 inches of the banner? god damn it.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    To each his own I guess huh sweeney?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Thost are four of my very favorites...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Not funny, or provacative choppy-poo

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    But you keep trying little fella. And take heart, puberty doesn't last forever.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    someone beat RPLocke to his trolling!

    by BadMrWonka

    HA HA HA AHAHAAHA, that actually made me spit up my water. fucking hilarious. someone trolls just before RPLocke, and he's forced into the "I know, right?" role.<p>RPLocke, you are the king of the trolls, man! assert yourself!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    The contrarians and the just plain fuck-headed:

    by Laserbrain

    Never too far away on good old AICN.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I saw this in 70mm back in the day

    by JT Kirk

    at the ABC Entertainment Center in Century City. I think I was 13 years old, so we're talking back in the late '80s. It was a multiplex theater but a big screen (the C. Dome is now a multiplex but wasn't designed as such, they just tacked that shit on). I remember how epic this film was in 70mm on the big screen, how impossibly huge and detailed it was, I think that was the first intermission I ever felt antsy about running too long.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen the sequel with Fienes and dr Basir?

    by KilliK

    what do you think of that?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Halfbreed, I really dug

    by sweeneydave

    Schindler’s List, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Casablanca, Seven Samurai, and the older 12 Angry Men. I found 2001 fascinating in a hypnotic sort of way. And Citizen Kane was really dull. Vertigo was good but Hitchcock had TONS of better ones. Mulholland Drive was like a bizarre fever dream, but Memento gets better every time I watch it. And to be honest, I really dug Gone With the Wind.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    My money would've been on Kevin to go. Tiffany was easily Top 3 material. Color me shocked. Just goes to show you got to bring your A game everytime.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Countryboy, I’ll have to watch

    by sweeneydave

    Rear Window again with that knowledge. I’ve found that movies that I initially think are dull or just “ok” (Ed Wood) get better and better with the more trivia I learn about them. I've only been watching these classics since about 4 years ago. Rear Window was my first Hitchcock and I've found that my favorites of his were the "one-set" ones.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    You put this movie on your ipod?

    by RPLocke

    It must be so gratifying to watch the movie on a 2 inch screen.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    it's the best BTS pic yet!

    by Excelciyour

    what makes it better is some of your retards aren't familiar with the movie. Back to your rooms, morons.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale w/ Cheese

    by Speed Fricassee

    Seriously, you wanted me to come up with a name that you had never heard of who has made masterpieces that you've never come across that have been celebrated by movie fans the world over? I'm still trying to figure that one out, it made for a fantastic laugh. But alright, if you want obscure and art house (and this should make "white vader" happy): if you can tell me what film Lothar Baumgarten made WITHOUT looking at IMDB or Wikipedia, I swear to god that I'll fly out to whatever small town or dumpy city you live in and personally hand you a crispy 1976 two dollar bill. I guarantee you'll love his work -- any fan of that paint-drying Lawrence film should bust though their yard-sale particle board computer desks with a monstrously raging hard on at the very THOUGHT of that POS... It's like Ron Fricke on repeat during a fourteen-day pot marathon. It's the crowning achievement and very epitome of boredom. White Vader: Please, oh PLEASE just try to school me in art history. I respect the atypical talkbacker tact of your approach, but I can quite hold my own (if not utterly bury you) in this subject. I also noticed you didn't note any films within my criteria to top The Fall. It's not just about the visuals, but how they are USED within the story. Tarsem knows his shit.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Islamisation of the west

    by Alex D

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    saw this for the first time on my iPod

    by m00kiedood

    I shit you not. Always wanted to watch this, had a digital copy of it but had never gotten around to watching it, and then loaded it up on my iPod because: <p> a) I was going to be heading on a trip and would be doing a lot of sitting in planes, and <p> b) I remember seeing Don Rickles joking about watching Lawrence of Arabia on an iPod. <p> Loved it! Great movie, and surprisingly dark. O'Toole's Lawrence was such a complicated, tortured, contradictory character. Fantastic.<p> I do need to watch this on a screen several orders of magnitude larger though.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I've seen this movie twice.

    by VicenzoV

    What's it about again? I know there's sand in it.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I love LOA

    by I Max U Mini

    However, my favorite David Lean film will always be Bridge on the River Kwai. There is something about Sir Alec's performance that simply mesmerizes me every time I watch it.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Fav.

    by paulloch

    He says best screenplay and the most amazing shots, and star-making performance. As a kid, obsessed for months. What's it about? It'a a poetic epic, about man, nature, history. Spielberg calls it a visual poem.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Fav.

    by paulloch

    He says best screenplay and the most amazing shots, and star-making performance. As a kid, obsessed for months. What's it about? It'a a poetic epic, about man, nature, history. Spielberg calls it a visual poem.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    I don't know

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    But it seems like folks who diss LOA either hate cinema in general, or are just aribritrarily contrarian. Like they just can't stand it that any film gets the level of (deserved) praise that LOA does. <p> Or is it really all about short attention spans after all? If you *really* think that LOA, Das Boot,GWTW, OUATITW, Rear Window, 2001, and The Bridge on the River Kwai, are boring tedious crap, what are some films that you *do* consider to be *GREAT* works of cinema pray tell?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by emjoi_gently

    ... this film is really just not available in any form at the moment. No BluRay or DVD. It hasn't been on TV for ages, and I doubt it will ever be again. So, please, whoever is in charge of such things. Please get that Bluray out.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    there is a hdtv version of it though

    by KilliK

    you can find it in the usual places.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    One of those films,

    by emjoi_gently

    like 2001, where you either get INTO it, or you don't. If you have a short attention span, then sure, you'll find it painful. But if you can sink into it and let the desert flow over you, then you don't care if it goes on forever.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Speed Fricassee

    by spaceherpe

    Dear lord, you are an idiot. Its one thing for a film not to do anything for you, but you shouldn't be so dumb to call a film a POS though. Gone with the Wind never lit that fire for me, but I know it's one of the greatest films ever made. It just does not connect with me. Lawrence is a near flawless film and your an idiot if you can't at least appreciate this films importance.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    drunk typing.

    by alice133

    u know he is.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Whoa choppy, you're even more pathetic

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    Than I believed was possible. That is all, carry on douche-bag.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    My Submission

    by waxxel

    It's great to see my submission make it into this. I have about 30 behind the scenes pictures from LOA. My mother-in-law gave them to me, as I'm a huge film fan and especially of LOA. Her husband got the pictures from someone from the film. I gave Quint several other pictures, hope you get a chance to see them.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    AFI Silver screenings

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Every fall the AFI in Silver Spring, MD (right across the street from the Discovery building that was held hostage yesterday) plays Lawrence to packed houses on Sunday evenings for about a month. The 70mm print, even. Another thing I miss about being in DC.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by Speed Fricassee

    I called Baumgarten's work a POS, not Lawrence of Arabia. The worst thing I said about LOA was that it was boring for me. Someone earlier gave me permission to have an opinion. Please -- read more carefully.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Great movie, horrible human being.

    by Snake Foreskin

    TE Lawrence, I mean. Peter O'Toole is a great guy. But Lawrence was an anti-semite piece of shite.<p> My fave Peter O'Toole performance has got to be Henry in The Lion In Winter. That's one of the great screenplays of all time with some of the most cutting, smart dialogue ever put on film. O'Toole's delivery is the picture of perfection. No one could have played the part as well as he. But you know, O'Toole has been fantastic in so many movies throughout his storied career, it's hard to choose one.<p> My Favorite Year is definitely up there. Beckett, of course, is a classic. Man of La Mancha, though a flawed film, shows off much of O'Toole's range. The Stunt Man, though still fairly cultish, is one of his best performances; not because it shows an unbridled unleashing of his power, but because it exhibits his ability to hold back, to reign in his enormous screen presence and turn it into an ominous energy. Unlike an Al Pacino who feels the need to chew through every bit of scenery on set, Peter O'Toole can drill a hole through you with nothing more than the look in his eyes.<p> He's a brilliant actor who has given us truly outstanding performances that will be memorable for a long time to come. But TE Lawrence was an anti-semitic piece of shite.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I own it on DVD....and I love it

    by DangerDave

    But it puts my wife to see and took 3 nights to finish.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I Drank from that Well

    by DangerDave are welcome.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    check out the book HELLRAISERS

    by Star Hump

    I'm fascinated with O'Toole and Burton and other British acting giants. I recently found a great book called "Hellraisers" that deals with 4 of the all-time greats - O'Toole, Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed.<p> These guys were constantly sozzled and the stunts they pulled are legendary. The book features riotous stories detailing some of the epic piss-ups these guys had. And when they weren't getting soused and raising hell all over the world or bedding women by the boatload, they were cranking out some of the best acting performances in movie history. This book is a gem. Highly recommended. Amazon has it.<p> And count me in as a major Lawrence fan. Once that movie gets its claws into you it doesn't let go. It's one of the most astounding things I've seen on the screen, if not THE most. I love it with a passion. I don't think it will ever be surpassed. O'Toole has to go down as one of the very finest actors of all time.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    CREG, that would have been awesome if true.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    "You only live once, make sure it's enough."

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Has anyone else here read Lawrence's book?

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    "Seven Pillars of Wisdom"?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    My Favorite Year...great movie.

    by Blue_Demon

    "I haven't performed in front of an audience in 25 years!"<p>"I played a butler...I had ONE LINE!!!<p>"I forgot it."<p>God bless Peter O'Toole

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    ipod viewing?

    by ufoclub1977

    Wow! Well with headphones, I guess the sound could be immersive. I have a question about cinerama... if "How the West Was Won" is cinerama (and on cable you can see the seams and the weird lifelike viewing angle) how come 2001 (advertised as Cinerama) doesn't have the same look? Let me look it up... I guess 2001 was just converted to cinerama? Kind of like the old equivalent of 3D conversions now.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    Rising costs of making three-camera widescreen films caused Cinerama to stop making such films in their original form shortly after the first release of How the West Was Won. The use of Ultra Panavision 70 for certain scenes (such as the river raft sequence) later printed onto the three Cinerama panels, proved that a more or less satisfactory wide screen image could be photographed without the three cameras. Consequently, Cinerama discontinued the three film process. Cinerama continued through the rest of the 1960s as a brand name used initially with the Ultra Panavision 70 widescreen process (which yielded an almost similar 2.86 aspect ratio as the original Cinerama, although it did not simulate the 146 degree field of view.) Optically "rectified" prints and special lenses were used to project the 70 mm prints onto the curved screen. The films shot in Ultra Panavision for single lens Cinerama presentation were It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), The Hallelujah Trail (1965) and Khartoum (1966). The less wide but still spectacular Super Panavision 70 was used to film the Cinerama presentations Grand Prix (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (which also featured scenes shot in Todd-AO and MCS-70) , Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) (which also featured scenes shot in Todd-AO).

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    where the hell is the blu-ray

    by LarryTate


  • Sept. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Re: Snake Foreskin

    by Rendell

    I decided to do a little reading online after reading your allegations about T E Lawrence. There was nothing of that nature mentioned in the Wikipedia entry (which is quite detailed about most aspects of his life), the only thing which could even remotely be interpreted as "anti-semetic" was his belief in an Arab state. So are you saying that because he was had great respect for the Arabs and their culture that must automatically mean he's an ant-semite?<p><p>You're going to have to do a lot better than flinging around un-substantiated rumours on a movie forum before we take you seriously...

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Wasnt Lawrence captured and raped with a whip by the Turks?

    by KilliK

    maybe that caused his sexual problems and the misunderstanding of his sexual nature?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    See it on the big screen. Really.

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    I saw LOA on the big screen when a restored version was released in the mid-nineties. I was still going to school and had to go to the next bigger city (Münster, Germany, FYI) by train to catch an afternoon screening on a beautiful big screen with very few people in the audience. And although I had seen the film years earlier on TV this was one of my best movie experiences ever. Listening to the overture in a darkened cinema - that's the way to begin an epic movie. I loved how the movie always took it'S time to let you breathe in the atmosphere. Maybe a contributing factor was that with such a small audience, the fresher air, the free space and the silence around me, I got into the desert feeling better that in a sold out, sweat smelling, nacho crumbling screening. Anyway, I very vividly remember seeing this great film on that perfect afternoon maybe some 15 years ago. If you ever have the opportunity to see this film on the big screen, go and see it. They don't make movies like this anymore.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    El Aurens

    by dogu4

    What a magnificent film. It was the first genuinely adult movie my dad, for my birthday, following a steak at Tad's, took me to when I was maybe 14 at one of the grand old Chicago theaters. I was priveled to see it again following its recent remastering under the ideal conditions at Chicago's MusicBox, and ironically it was just about the last great movie I got to share my love of movies with my dad whose appreciation for all movies I must have inherited, just prior to his decline into dementia. I appreciate Halfbreedqueen's (and other's)keen observations. I doubt that many who claim to really love movies really have the attention span to appreciate a work like this, but delighted that some do, many may actually come to expereince a truly great work and awake to the potential of film, and hope that some always will. And when they do, Lawrence of Arabia will be at the top of their list. Excellent point on the ironic juxtaposition of situation which took place at Lawrence's funeral, and that one scene is like so many in the film. I've read Lawrence's account in his book '7 Pillars...' and am struck at how poignant his observations on the desert mentality and conditions remain. And while his account, both in the book and as portrayed by Lean in the movie, is subjective, and therefore more akin to fiction than objective history, it beautifully underscores the power of fiction to describe reality better than fact. If a serious movie viewer can focus and wrap their minds around a movie of this scale and scope, it transforms the viewer in profound ways and transforms the art into something sublime. Thanks for this behind the scene.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Quiet in here, isn't it...?

    by Rendell

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    into the hands of Turkish Bey (Jose Ferrer)

    by Star Hump

    I've always been curious about the scene where Lawrence and Ali walk into the town of Dara and Lawrence is captured and tortured by the Turks.<p> Ostensibly the two were reconnoitering the city, but then Lawrence becomes rash and flaunts his presence to the Turks, even stating to Ali that he wants to be seen. Of course he is seen and then he pays a mighty price. In reality he was indeed captured and tortured by the Turks in Dara and supposedly this had a lasting impact on Lawrence's life.<p> It's been said about the real T.E. Lawrence that he was a masochist. I've always wondered if this scene in the film was Lean and the screenwriters' method of illustrating this aspect of Lawrence's personality. On one hand they don't hit you over the head with the idea, but on the other it's abundantly clear that Lawrence has himself intentionally captured, subjecting himself to certain torture and perhaps even death at the hands of the Turks.<p> The scene has always stuck with me over the years.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Choppa got owned by ohsostupidlongassfuck...

    by cgih8r

    by saying what everyone else was thinking

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by cgih8r must be one of those kids in the class room that raises his hand to make a comment then goes on some completely far off tangent that has nothing to do with anything. Thankyou for making your stupidity known to all of us.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    "The Bicycle Sharer" LOL well said

    by cgih8r

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by schadenfreudian

    I'll save you the trip to the dumpy city I live in by admitting I've never heard of Lothar Baumgarten. <br> But if you're SERIOUSLY confused by my response to you saying, "Once you clowns discover Kar Wai, Kurosawa, Tarsem, Junet and/or Gilliam, we can talk," I'll nod politely, shut down my Commodore 64 (resting on a particle board desk balanced on two cinder blocks) and quietly back out of the room.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Speed Fricassee

    Cool. Thanks.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Pwned speed ol' boy, PWNED.

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Some things to watch for in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

    by Wotopian

    There are many clever/brilliant touches in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA that I've discovered with repeat viewings. A few examples: O'Toole using his dagger as a mirror when he first puts on the Arab garb (he sees his virtuous, heroic self-image) and again later at the massacre of the retreating Turks where he sees his ironic "barbarous and cruel" self-image; the scene with the sour grapes which is an omen of the "bitter fruits of victory" feeling that Lawrence has after the taking of Damascus; the left-to-right movement of Lawrence in his travels which was meant to convey the idea that Lawrence was on a personal as well as physical journey. That last sequence of Lawrence in the car going back to Egypt (note the right-to-left movement) and eventually home to England has a lot in it: his love for the desert and its people (his standing up and looking at the camels and their riders going in the opposite direction), an omen of his eventual fate and cause of his death (the motorcycle passing by), and his enigmatic character (the dirty windshield obscuring his face). There's a lot of discussion of the music and how the movie works on multiple levels here: <>

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Good movie.......

    by archer1949

    But O'Toole's Henry II vs. Hepburn's Eleanor in The Lion In Winter is my personal fave.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    My Favorite Year

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    where he basically showed up drunk in order to play the role of a drunk movie star.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Re: Some things to watch for in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

    by Wotopian

    The missing URL: or:

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    this and bridge on the river kwai

    by JaredP

    are david leans best frakkin films. nuff said!!!!

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Thanks Wotopian

    by Star Hump

    -- a fascinating series of details there. I found the final scene of LoA to be especially moving, particularly due to the moment Lawrence stands in the jeep to take a closer look at the Bedouins riding the camels. I've often wondered if Lawrence was hoping to see his friend and right hand man, Ali, once more. They didn't have a warm parting in Damascus. But, as you point out, there's a great deal going on in those final minutes. The right to left movement and the motorcycle passing by didn't register with me before! Wow, more incredible details in a movie packed with them.<p> In the link you posted a member of the board complains about the ending. Another guy provided a superb response:<p> T"he anticlimax of the film mirrors the anticlimax of his life: he was disappointed that he couldn't 'give' the Arabs the self-governance he'd hoped for idealistically. So the film's form mirrors that. Should we then mark Lean and Bolt down because they didn't conform to what schoolteachers call 'a good resolution'? They didn't want one."

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    If you haven't seen it in 70mm, you haven't seen it at all.

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Tried to see it with best of intentions on VHS on a small TV (though at least it was in letterbox)... and I fell asleep, three attempts in a row, in the first hour or so. Saw it all the way through on a bigger TV and liked it quite a bit. THEN... years later, I saw it on a new 70mm print at the grand re-opening of the Cinerama in Seattle. It was more Imax-y than Imax. AMAZING movie, though I prefer the first half for sheer WOW value. Yes, it's absolutely true... this is an "as it was meant to be seen" movie, for sure.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Good quote from Roger Ebert's review of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

    by Wotopian "You can view it on video and get an idea of its story and a hint of its majesty, but to get the feeling of Lean's masterpiece you need to somehow, somewhere, see it in 70mm on a big screen. This experience is on the short list of things that must be done during the lifetime of every lover of film." Here's one interesting detail that you're more likely to catch if you see the film in 70mm: the growing blood stain on Tafas' head covering as he lies dead on the ground at the far right of the screen during the well scene. It's just one of many examples of Lean's vision and attention to detail that is better seen or appreciated by viewing LOA in a 70mm print.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    This movie teaches you...

    by SK229

    that the last shot of a scene and the first shot of a scene can and should have poetic impact upon repeat viewings. Scorsese called this movie the first 'interior epic' in the foreword of the 1989 book about it's making. Couldn't agree more... anyone who says this is just empty spectacle hasn't watched closely enough to see all the character details, all of those visual moments that convey that information (to add another, the reflection of Lawrence in Allenby's desk near the end)... the whole idea that he's losing himself and his sanity to legend. I LOVE that aspect of the movie more than any other. It's about watching a man gives his all to something and, in the process, he never gets it back. It becomes the property of all who will write about him, remember him, and discuss his impact... btw, I'm a little biased, this has been my favorite movie of all time since the age of 16... seen it in the theater five times, and yes, that 70mm presentation that went around about 8 or 9 years ago looked too breathtaking for words to describe at the Ziegfeld in New York as well. And if you live in L.A., I believe it plays at least twice a year at the various revival houses.

  • Sept. 5, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    As a Brit, I must point out ...

    by stones_throw

    That it's not "Sir O'Toole" but "Sir Peter", as in "Arise, Sir Peter". Now, if he had been made a peer (rather than a knight) it would be "Lord O'Toole".