History Film / LawrenceOfArabia

11th Jun '18 3:45:31 PM themisterfree
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[[ExecutiveMeddling The film was twice subjected to major cuts]], being reduced from an initial 222 minute length to as short as 187 minutes by the early '70s. Much of the missing footage was misplaced by Columbia Pictures until the 1989 restoration (216 minutes). David Lean approved of the first round of cuts, but later blamed them on Sam Spiegel. In 2012, the film was re-released in limited quantities both to celebrate its 50th anniversary and to show off a new screen technology known as Ultra-High Definition resolution.

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[[ExecutiveMeddling The film was twice subjected to major cuts]], being reduced from an initial 222 minute length to as short as 187 minutes by the early '70s. Much of the missing footage was misplaced by Columbia Pictures Creator/ColumbiaPictures until the 1989 restoration (216 minutes). David Lean approved of the first round of cuts, but later blamed them on Sam Spiegel. In 2012, the film was re-released in limited quantities both to celebrate its 50th anniversary and to show off a new screen technology known as Ultra-High Definition resolution.
14th May '18 9:20:11 PM mlsmithca
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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Even though Lawrence succeeded in reaching and taking Damascus with his Arab calvary, Lawrence is unsuccessful in uniting the Arab tribes as a united people, and heads home, depressed and unable to feel joy again. Oh, and he dies years later in a motorcycle crash (as shown in the beginning).]]

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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Even though Lawrence succeeded in reaching and taking Damascus with his Arab calvary, cavalry, Lawrence is unsuccessful in uniting the Arab tribes as a united people, and heads home, depressed and unable to feel joy again. Oh, and he dies years later in a motorcycle crash (as shown in the beginning).]]



* JerkassHasAPoint: General Murray, who is depicted to be a blowhard and a GeneralFailure, especially compared to his replacement Allenby asks Dreiden:
-->"Does the Arab Bureau want a big thing in Arabia? If they(the Bedu) ride against the Turks does the Bureau think they're going to sit quietly under us when this war is over?"

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* JerkassHasAPoint: General Murray, who is depicted to be a blowhard and a GeneralFailure, especially compared to his replacement Allenby Allenby, asks Dreiden:
Dryden:
-->"Does the Arab Bureau want a big thing in Arabia? If they(the Bedu) they [the Bedu] ride against the Turks does the Bureau think they're going to sit quietly under us when this war is over?"



-->"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts. "

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-->"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts. "



* [[OneWomanWail Wailing Women]]:
** Appears in-universe and to chilling effect while the Harif army is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top of the cliff with the mourning women drowning out the stirring battle songs from below.
** It's called "ululation", which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as the women giving the men an encouraging send off.
** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.

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* [[OneWomanWail Wailing Women]]:
**
OneWomanWail: Appears in-universe and to chilling effect while the Harif army is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top of the cliff with the mourning ululating women drowning out the stirring battle songs from below.
** It's called "ululation",
below, which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as either mourning the women men they expect never to see again or giving the men an encouraging send off.
** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.
off.



* QuicksandSucks: Quicksand shows up in the desert, swallowing a servant in moments. Easy to write off as ArtisticLicenseGeology, but it's [[OlderThanTheyThink mentioned in the folklore]] of many desert cultures, and it's recently been discovered that may be for good reason: [[TruthInTelevision dry quicksand exists]] and behaves ''more'' like Hollywood quicksand than the liquid variety.[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_quicksand The other wiki has an article]], but basically, it seems to be caused by the normally tightly packed structure of sand being slightly looser than normal- perhaps by a drift of powder sand being blown lightly into the gap between several dune ridges. This creates a large, precariously stacked pile of sand grains and trapped air that otherwise looks like completely normal sand. Cue a caravan. In one experiment a weighted ping pong ball sank into dry quicksand to a depth of several inches almost immediately,accompanied by a "straight jet of sand [shooting] violently into the air after about 100 milliseconds".[[/note]] Its also worth mentioning that the wet form of quicksand forms in deserts, too. [[note]]It takes a large, long-lived, reliable spring to form anything vaguely resembling a greenery-circled open pool- a weak or unreliable spring may simply form a small patch of quicksand when conditions are right.[[/note]]
* [[RapeAsDrama Beating And Rape As Drama]]: Lawrence and the Turkish Bey. It comes close to breaking Lawrence completely.

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* QuicksandSucks: Quicksand shows up in the desert, swallowing a servant in moments. Easy to write off as ArtisticLicenseGeology, but it's [[OlderThanTheyThink mentioned in the folklore]] of many desert cultures, and it's recently been discovered that may be for good reason: [[TruthInTelevision dry quicksand exists]] and behaves ''more'' like Hollywood quicksand than the liquid variety.[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_quicksand The other wiki has an article]], but basically, it seems to be caused by the normally tightly packed structure of sand being slightly looser than normal- perhaps by a drift of powder sand being blown lightly into the gap between several dune ridges. This creates a large, precariously stacked pile of sand grains and trapped air that otherwise looks like completely normal sand. Cue a caravan. In one experiment a weighted ping pong ball sank into dry quicksand to a depth of several inches almost immediately,accompanied by a "straight jet of sand [shooting] violently into the air after about 100 milliseconds".[[/note]] Its also worth mentioning that the wet form of quicksand forms in deserts, too. [[note]]It takes a large, long-lived, reliable spring to form anything vaguely resembling a greenery-circled open pool- pool - a weak or unreliable spring may simply form a small patch of quicksand when conditions are right.[[/note]]
* [[RapeAsDrama Beating And Rape As Drama]]: RapeAsDrama: Lawrence and the Turkish Bey. It comes close to breaking Lawrence completely.



* UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfDesertWinds: An early example, before it formally organised.
9th Apr '18 6:01:45 PM Unenlagia
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* FutileHandReach: Lawrence does this towards Daud, who just sank into quicksand.



* FutileHandReach: Lawrence does this towards Daud, who just sank into quicksand.
9th Apr '18 6:00:35 PM Unenlagia
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* FreudianTrio: Auda (id), Ali (superego) and Lawrence (ego).

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* FreudianTrio: Auda (id), Ali (superego) (superego), and Lawrence (ego).
9th Apr '18 5:58:28 PM Unenlagia
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* FreudianTrio: Auda (id), Ali (superego) and Lawrence (ego).
3rd Feb '18 9:49:10 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* UnbuiltTrope: Of the EpicMovie genre. While unquestionably sweeping, dramatic, and ''very'' long, there's no love story (unless you count the HomoeroticSubtext between Lawrence and Ali), the main character is not a rugged strong man but a neurotic, homosexual InsufferableGenius whose [[TookALevelInBadass growth as a warrior]] runs parallel to his [[DespairEventHorizon descent]] [[GreyingMorality into]] [[BloodKnight madness.]] Neither side is [[GreyAndGreyMorality particularly good or evil]], all of the victories accomplish nothing in the long run and it's made abundantly clear that the world at large cares nothing for Lawrence's achievements. See GenreDeconstruction for more details.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Of the EpicMovie genre. While unquestionably sweeping, dramatic, and ''very'' long, there's no love story (unless you count the HomoeroticSubtext between Lawrence and Ali), Ali) or any women with speaking roles ''at all'', the main character is not a rugged strong man but a neurotic, homosexual InsufferableGenius whose [[TookALevelInBadass growth as a warrior]] runs parallel to his [[DespairEventHorizon descent]] [[GreyingMorality into]] [[BloodKnight madness.]] Neither side is [[GreyAndGreyMorality particularly good or evil]], all of the victories accomplish nothing in the long run and it's made abundantly clear that the world at large cares nothing for Lawrence's achievements. See GenreDeconstruction for more details.
3rd Feb '18 9:48:07 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* AgentPeacock: While perhaps a few feathers shy of full CampGay, Lawrence is nevertheless masochistic and mincing. [[TookALevelInBadass At]] [[BloodKnight first.]]


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* HomoeroticSubtext: And one just ''barely'' hidden, either.


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* UnbuiltTrope: Of the EpicMovie genre. While unquestionably sweeping, dramatic, and ''very'' long, there's no love story (unless you count the HomoeroticSubtext between Lawrence and Ali), the main character is not a rugged strong man but a neurotic, homosexual InsufferableGenius whose [[TookALevelInBadass growth as a warrior]] runs parallel to his [[DespairEventHorizon descent]] [[GreyingMorality into]] [[BloodKnight madness.]] Neither side is [[GreyAndGreyMorality particularly good or evil]], all of the victories accomplish nothing in the long run and it's made abundantly clear that the world at large cares nothing for Lawrence's achievements. See GenreDeconstruction for more details.
3rd Feb '18 9:31:30 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* BadassGay: The title character is one of the most triumphant film and fiction examples.
24th Nov '17 9:25:42 AM jamespolk
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* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope Deconstruction]] of the Epic Hero, in that the film posits that one person, no matter how remarkable or adventurous cannot truly be bigger than his surroundings, time and place. The opening scene which shows many of Lawrence's friends and associates discussing him second hand and without feeling implies that the actions which seemed so significant to Lawrence and newspaper readers at the time had by [[ButForMeItWasTuesday 1936 become yesterday's news in the context of England and the world]].

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* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope Deconstruction]] of the Epic Hero, in that the film posits that one person, no matter how remarkable or adventurous cannot truly be bigger than his surroundings, time and place. The opening scene which shows many of Lawrence's friends and associates discussing him second hand and without feeling implies that the actions which seemed so significant to Lawrence and newspaper readers at the time had by [[ButForMeItWasTuesday 1936 become yesterday's news in the context of England and the world]]. [[note]]The real Lawrence later called his adventures in the Arab Revolt "a sideshow of a sideshow", the Allied war against the Ottoman Turks itself being a sideshow of the main event against the Germans in France.[[/note]]
24th Nov '17 9:18:17 AM jamespolk
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Creator/OmarSharif plays Lawrence's buddy (and possibly subtextual lover) Sherif Ali. Creator/AlecGuinness appears as the cynical power player Prince Faisal. Creator/AnthonyQuinn perfects LargeHam as an Arab warlord, Auda abu Tayi.

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Creator/OmarSharif plays Lawrence's buddy (and possibly subtextual lover) Sherif Ali. Creator/AlecGuinness appears as the cynical power player Prince Faisal. Creator/AnthonyQuinn perfects LargeHam as an Arab warlord, Auda abu Tayi.
Tayi. Creator/ClaudeRains makes one of his last film appearances as Dryden, a manipulative English agent.
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