31 - Lawrence of Arabia
An inordinately complex man labeled everything from hero to charlatan to madman, T.E. Lawrence blazes his way to glory in the Arabian desert of World War I, achieving what centuries of Crusades had not – British possession of the Holy Land.
This Academy Award-winning epic tells how an English intelligence officer is assigned behind enemy lines to investigate, then capitalize on the Arab revolt against the Turks. He goes native in the vast, beautiful Saudi, Syrian, Israeli, Iraqi and Jordanian wastelands, organizes a guerrilla army of Bedouins and leads them on camelback to bring down the tottering, corrupt, 1,000-year-old Ottoman Empire through desert raids, railroad sabotage and ambushes.
This inspiring, four-hour classic is an unsettling, troubling tale with unparalleled cinematography. It grips the viewer with its panoramic camel treks across the wilderness, dramatic battles, then Lawrence’s capture, torture and humiliation.
No other film reaches such heights of greatness or such lows of self-doubt. Lawrence of Arabia has been called the greatest film of all time, not only in terms of style, but in content and breathtaking visuals – the tale of a tortured genius who defied all odds to achieve unexpected greatness.
~ Rob Kerby