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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Lawrence of Arabia is indeed an epic of epic proportions… In fact it could be the most epic movie of all time, all things considered. Sure, there are longer movies, there are more films that trot the globe, but nothing can top David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. The man had new lenses INVENTED to capture this images in this movie.

If you’re ever lucky enough to catch this movie in 70mm don’t pass it up. It really is a film geek equivalent of a spiritual awakening.

I mean, look at that camera! I love the epic, giant sprawling craze that hit in ‘60s… 70mm, Cinerama, How the West Was Won, Dr. Zhivago, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, etc… There’s lack of such filmmaking these days, with the possible exception of Terrence Malick. And maybe Christopher Nolan. That’s the reason I’m so psyched every time we hear he’s considering shooting a movie entirely in IMAX. I’d love to see a resurrection of epic filmmaking on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia.

Anyway, hope you guys enjoy the pic! Click to embiggen!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic will drive you bananas!

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  • March 17, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Epically first

    by Maceox

  • March 18, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Greatest Movie

    by Maceox

    I rank this as the greatest movie, my wife can never stay awake through. She also has never stayed awake through Ghandi. Well all spouses have flaws I guess.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by Maceox

    Actually I am 12 and a virgin and i am married and I have children and I am a paradox, so how epic is my first, first post.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Epicly Later'd

    by MooseMalloy

    I love when the camels are smiling when running across the desert.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by Maceox

    Attacking a first post is so cliche, it is actually more banal than being a first poster. Just so you know.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    O.K. Here we go

    by Maceox

    People who attack first posters are in fact parasites that feed off of the greatness of first posters. Without someone so amazing (like myself) to post first, your condemenation is nothing. You are a morality play lacking a vice. So, any antipost to a first post owes its existence to the first post. The first post is god, and the attack of the first post is some miserable, pathetic attempt to strike at your betters. Heel dog, Heel!

  • March 18, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by Maceox

    I apoligizze for my misspellingsss.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    "Get the f#*k outta' my face!"

    by MooseMalloy

    Bill Cosby to Russell Simmons. Best entertainment story of the day.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Viggeo, if that is your real name

    by Maceox

    Just naming somebody does not alter the reality of the something being named. For example, calling a kiwi fruit an apple does not make an apple into a kiwi fruit. You see (hopefully) how idiotic you are. (Forgive yourself).

  • March 18, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    excellent film, excellent picture

    by frank cotton

    must have been a bitch keeping all that sand out of the cameras

  • March 18, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Nolan? Epic? Nope

    by imagin78

    Which film has Nolan made that can legitimately be considered an epic? Bits of Batman Begins or The Prestige, maybe.

  • March 18, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    make that two sandboxes. girls are touchy today

    by frank cotton

    question #1) i get this one a lot. so, frank, or god, or, crazy fucker, what's with all the, foul language, and, bad grammar, and, all that? don't you, think that, maybe, more people would, listen' to ya, iffn you, like, didn't curse so, doggone much? answer #1) well, uh, FUCK NO, BOZO! you want i should get all, 'thee' and 'thou' with you, think, that might help? lookee here, shithook; has it, worked, yet? anyone paying attention to, that, SHAKESPEAREAN crap? did they, ever? maybe, you'd like, me, to, speak LATIN, at ya, huh? didn't, think so, numbnuts. this, is, how you, meaning people as a, whole, talk, more or less, right? no, fancy crap, a little slang, here, and there, a little, or, a lot, of cussin', dependin' on, present company and/or, circumstances or, whatnot. right. so, this, is how frank, god, psycho dude, talks, to you. in, the, local vernacular, with, the, current lingo, gringo. not, expecting to, reach many of the, 45 and, above crowd, anyways, question. #2) are you, like, all-powerful? answer #2) HELL NO! don't i, wish! no, you see, if i, was, then, the earth, would, have been RENT ASUNDER, long before i, turned like, fourteen! hormones, and, all, that, adolescent bullshit. you don't go givin' a toddler, nuclear weapons, do you? what we got here is, a, reverse WIZARD OF OZ deal. i am, that is, frank, here, in his, corporeal form, is, the AVATAR, the user-friendly interface, the earthbound incarnation of, god. at, this point, just a, dude, with his, mental acuity, goin' way, way, off scale. now, i. know purty much near, most of ya'll, remember, the, STAR TREK episode, with, APOLLO? of, course you do! ran, that one, slap into the, ground, didn't they? you, had your, 'god', in, one place, and, his, for, lack of a better term, power supply, elsewhere. what you, got, with me, is, frank, down here on, good ol' earth, and, his, power supply, back, at the house, so to speak, in, dimension Z. GO AHEAD, AND, TRY, TO FIND IT. more, power to ya, so, to speak! i, may not have, immediate access, to the whole, uh, PLETHORA, of, godly superpowers, at, this very instant, but, you see, frank's, always been a, bit, hair-triggered, rage-wise, and, just plain, too, unstable, presently, to, be packin' the, FORCE, in a, like, major way. no, sir, not, a, good idea, at, this time. i'm, workin' up to it, mind, but, for the, time being i'm, a, combination, ambassador/field operative/undercover observer, kind, of guy. question #3) uh, why so many, like, different gods, and religions, and, uh, hell, why is/are all of your, god, personas so, changeable? answer #3) 'cause all you asswipes, just, don't, listen to me, in, whatever, shape/form/disposition/demeanor i, try! seems, as if, since i, ain't, to your knowledge, actually, physically present, like, ever, ya'll think you can, just, worship any old, thing, that, pops into, your, tiny little heads! this is due, partly, to the anti-authority component of your psychological makeup being cranked just a tad too high. not to mention, kinda, poorly focused, too. kinda my fault, but, also, kinda yours, too, i, can, adjust the volume, so, to speak, but the direction it goes in is, up, to you. mostly. question #4) the, big one, the, one they made that, movie, about, WHY? why, are we here, what's, it all for, what, is the purpose of, existence? mine. yours. everyone's. WHY. it's funny, isn't it, how the, most, difficult questions often have the, simplest answers, and the, simple questions, have the, most incomprehensible answers? well, you're gonna love, this, one. answer #4) because, OK. why, does anybody do, anything? why do, people, climb mount everest, why do, we, hurl probes into space, why does, the, chicken, cross the fuckin' road? because, it's, something, to do; because, there's, nothing good on, TV, because being god, is, BORING! that's, why. there you, have it. if you won at, EVERYTHING, if you couldn't even, possibly, lose, AT ANYTHING, how long, do you think it would be before you, were bored out of, your skull? notice how, if, you use game cheats, all the time, the game becomes, pointless, because there's no, real, sense of winning or losing, there's no, real, sense of anything, at all, because there's no, challenge, there's nothing, at stake, whatsoever. it's just, same old, same old. but life, real, actual life, doesn't have, cheat codes (but you can still cheat, of course), it doesn't have, save points, and, if you die, you, really fucking die. get it? life, is a game, but, with no resets, no, health packs, and no, extra lives. it's a real, challenge. it's the ultimate, GOD GAME. and when, god, plays, it's the same as when, you, play, a game, you, have set conditions, and parameters, and (if you, are NOT using, cheat codes) the, same baseline abilities as, any other player. and the REASON we are all here, is, to do things, and buy stuff. that's pretty much it folks, LIFE, is, boiled down to it's constituent parts, simply, something to do. that's, the big SECRET OF EVERYTHING! it's the ENDS, and the MEANS, all wrapped up together, for your enjoyment, at home, at work, or wherever you are. it is, what it is. the secret of life, is to learn the secret of life. that's why STEPHEN KING's, DARK TOWER ended the way it did, that's why, in ASTEROIDS, when you fly off the screen on one side, you, simultaneously fly in the other...there's just no other way to do things, than to do things. chew on that, for a spell. i'll be back...

  • March 18, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Get that man an agent, quick!

    by MooseMalloy

  • March 18, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    just off camera

    by paulloch

    would be a crew of dozens of locals who were paid to sweep the sand clean for "take two" or whatever the next take was. Noone would dare do a film this way again. 70mm cameras in the hot desert. Insane.

  • March 18, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by minidv

    Zhivago was not shot in 70mm.

  • March 18, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Great movie

    by rguerr2

    I have not seen this movie since I saw it in at one of the first IMAX theaters in the world, Toronto Canada. The IMAX theatre is in a summer park in Toronto and it is and was mainly used during the summer. Then someone had the idea to show regular movies during the early winter months. now i am talking about 30 years ago before regular movies were shown on IMAX theatres. Anyway, I ' 2001 space odyssey ', 'Sound of Music ' and ' Lawrence of Arabia ' plus others. After seeing it in that size I was not able to see it again because then there were no TV screens as we have now. Now, I am just waiting until I can purchase a 50" plus LED screen before I will purchase the Blu-ray. So yes, I agree with you. Anyone who wants to see this movie properly should see it in 70mm at an IMAX. Afterward you may not be able to settle for anything less.

  • is in fact, more cliche than the act of attacking a first poster itself... <p> It's a vicious cycle.

  • March 18, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    This is my submission.

    by waxxel

    Great to see another of my Lawrence of Arabia pictures used for the BTS. I love, love this movie and my wife's father, who was a lawyer did some work for the production and received about 40 pic's from the film. My mother-in-law who knows my affection for the film gave me the pic's. So great that he is running this so I could share them.

  • March 18, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Quint - Quite so

    by The StarWolf

    They don't make them like that any more. Even with computer wizardry no one has been able to really convey the epic scale of LAWRENCE or of the De Mille masterpieces such as TEN COMMANDMENTS. There are times when one really needs to be on location to grab the feel of the place. P.S. That SKYLINE ad really is annoying. Please tell whomever is in charge of advertising to make it go away.

  • March 18, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    rguer2 - There's more than just size

    by The StarWolf

    I'd seen 2001 over thirty times in various cinemas but refused to watch it when it was eventually shown on TV. The size of the screen wasn't so much the impediment as the thought of seeing key scenes interrupted by commercials. Imagine, for instance, the bit where the man-ape throws the bone into the air and, just as the scene switches to satellite view ... a tampon commercial kicks in. Ugh! Of course, now that I've got the DVD version and a large, flat-screen TV, the objections have been rendered null.

  • March 18, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    hence, the, KLONOPIN. thought i'd, mentioned that, already

  • Does ANYBODY at AICN ever proofread their own material before they post it?

  • March 18, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    That's Lean Behind the Camera!!!

    by Davaldod

    It's worth noting that in this BTS pic, that's actually David Lean on the crane behind the camera. The Lean-man himself. The Leanster. Leanerino. Leanbo.

  • March 18, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    will you guys please stop...

    by maxwell's hammer dropping Christopher Nolan as a weird means of establishing geek-cred. Comparing Nolan to David Lean just makes you look like yokel to the non-fanboys in the room.

  • March 18, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Saw a restored print at the Ziegfeld in New York.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    One of the best movie-going experiences of my life. And THAT MUSIC!

  • March 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Dig how fuckin' huge that film cartridge is.

    by Royston Lodge

    Fuck me sideways.

  • March 18, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Epic Single Shot of A Towns Capture...

    by mattforce7

    EPIXXX. I dont remember when or what was going on in the film, but When the horse riders took over the town in a SING PANNING SHOT, i was sold. I need to re visit this flick again. Great photo!

  • March 18, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Writefortheedit - Oh, yes, the soundtrack

    by The StarWolf

    I'd rank the soundtrack where one first sees the sun rise over the desert and sees the tiny figure of Lawrence riding over the dunes as in the top five musical segments in cinema history. It fits the scene exactly as well as the intrusive rock soundtrack *does not* when the main protagonist wanders a deserted, dead London in 28 DAYS LATER. Talk about polar opposites. They should be shown in film making school as the quintessential examples of how it should be done, and how it shouldn't, respectively.

  • March 18, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    starwolf: right on.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Maurice Jarre was a giant in the world of film scores. It's funny, I don't remember anything particularly jarring about the soundtrack in "28 Days Later," but I don't remember anything about it at all, either. (I do love that movie a bunch, though...)

  • March 18, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Depending on my mood

    by proevad

    Either this or 2001, is the greatest film ever made

  • March 18, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    You're right

    by proevad

    definitely Lean. Can tell by the ear.

  • March 18, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I saw the first restored 70mm print when it was released in 1990

    by MooseMalloy

    Watching it then I would have never imagined that someday in the future some hack would be shoving shit down peoples throats and calling it gourmet food. What is Nolan's epic masterpiece? INSOMNIA?

  • March 18, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Lord Elric

    No current widescreen television can truly capture the sweep of this incredible movie. Lean followed this with the beautiful DR. ZHIVAGO, of course. Talk about being "on a roll". And is THIS on Blu Ray? Nooooooooo......

  • March 19, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    That transition

    by The StarWolf

    It IS spectacular, but I'd rate the 2001 sequence with the man-ape throwing his bone club into the air and the scene shifts from a close up of it in mid-air to that of an orbiting nuclear weapons' platform as highly, if not more. OK, visual effects were required, but the directorial imagination certainly wasn't lacking. Or, for that matter, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. Generally wasn't crazy about the film (read the book, it's much, *much* better) but there's an inspired transition sequence where the camera tilts up into a 'shower' of springtime cherry blossoms then back down and somewhere along the way the season has changed and the petals are now snowflakes but you don't immediately realize until you notice it's now winter. If only the rest of the film had been as adroitly handled.

  • ...was truly epic too.

  • March 19, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    A very strange movie about a very strange guy.

    by Dark Doom

    Lawrence of Arabia, was a strange guy. His biographers and his own writings have some freakly shit in them, Lawrence has been seen as a masochist, homosexual, and thrillseeker. And the movie touches on all these subjects obliquely. A good honest movie that portrays the weirdness that was the Ottoman Empire, and Lawrence's place in history along side it.