mlrg wrote:Precious Doll wrote:Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean 4/10
Care to elaborate?
I first saw the film back in the very late 1980s or very early 1990s on the big screen after it had been restored. I appreciate what I'm about to say places me in a tiny minority but I found the film, as beautifully crafted as it is, to be a bore. I should also mention that I saw it at a film festival and given the very heavy schedules that attending film festival entails I had always felt that my dislike of the film may due to film festival fatigue or overload.
I purchased a Blu Ray of the film a few years ago so give the film a second go. I can't say that this viewing was any better. Aside from being bored by almost the entire enterprise and film plodded from one incident to the next and despite the talk their was no real sense of character, with only Omar Sharif rising above the material. That said there are some impressive set pieces like the attack on the train when Lawrence is shot and one his traveling companions getting stuck in a sinkhole but as a cohesive whole I found it a failure. Certainly, it's beautifully made but it leaves me cold and unfulfilled. Funnily enough my partner had never seen it and he was equally unimpressed. We both agreed that at least it is better than Doctor Zhivago (a film I have no intention of giving a second viewing to).
I certainly admire David Lean but do prefer his more intimate films that his sprawling epics and I do view A Passage to India an intimate rather than epic. I don't think he ever made a better film than Brief Encounter.
Watched another longish film starring Peter O'Toole tonight, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and O'Toole is so much better in this. Even though it is a bit hap hazard as a musical its a beautiful adaptation of its source material. O'Toole and Petula Clark (simply wonderful in the film) are great together.