Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia ★★★★½

I saw this at the Aero in LA tonight, my first movie back in a theater since March 2020. The audience applauded just the lights going down. It only got better from there when the American Cinematheque's pristine 70mm print began to roll.

I've written about "Lawrence" here before, so I'll just say this: We love to see ourselves as more sophisticated than previous generations. We love the illusion that our era finally got it right. "Lawrence of Arabia" came out in 1962. David Lean, Robert Bolt, and Michael Wilson use TE Lawrence's life to completely blow apart the Western white savior myth. It's not just limited to Britain and its empire.  It applies to Exceptionalists everywhere, and it's as relevant now as then.

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