History Film / LawrenceOfArabia

19th Jan '17 2:03:12 PM JulianLapostat
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* MissionCreep: Lawrence's overall mission is to recruit the tribes to fight against the Ottoman Turks. To achieve this mission, he decides to help feuding and warring tribes get together to fight for a bigger cause, accidentally helping Prince Feisal to trigger Arab nationalism with promises to help them independence, neither of which was ever in his ability to promise and deliver, and in the case of independence, never something [[ILied the English, and the French, were going to give the Arabs anyway]]. This realization that he had overreached and extended his abilities and directive makes Lawrence increasingly reckless and self-destructive near the end.
8th Jan '17 2:26:20 AM DeepRed
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* UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfDesertWinds: An early example, before it formally organised.
23rd Dec '16 6:13:58 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: David Lean originally wanted to shoot the entire movie in Jordan, which is located in the same region where it takes place. Although the Jordanian government was very helpful, this proved to be impractical. Much of the desert scenes were filmed in Jordan, but ultimately most of the movie was filmed in Spain. With its abundance of Moorish architecture, Seville plays the part of basically every Middle Eastern city in the movie. Desert scenes were also filmed in Morocco and, yes, California.
19th Oct '16 1:54:54 PM Nopperabo
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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized: The Arab National Council that forms after the occupation of Damascus exemplifies this trope. The tribesmen who fought alongside Lawrence have no experience with technology, urban administration, or modern politics, and soon found themselves unable to oversee a modern city.
10th Oct '16 2:12:23 PM eroock
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* DayForNight: It's obvious by the shadows cast in the sand that all nightly desert scenes were shot during day time.


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* HollywoodDarkness: It's obvious by the shadows cast in the sand that all nightly desert scenes were shot during day time.
10th Oct '16 2:10:22 PM eroock
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* DeadHatShot: The goggles hanging in the bush early on, signifying the hero's death in the accident.

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* DeadHatShot: The goggles hanging in from the bush early on, signifying the hero's Lawrence's death in the motorcycle accident.
10th Oct '16 2:09:13 PM eroock
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* DeadHeadShot: The goggles hanging in the bush early on, signifying the hero's death in the accident.

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* DeadHeadShot: DeadHatShot: The goggles hanging in the bush early on, signifying the hero's death in the accident.
10th Oct '16 2:08:53 PM eroock
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lawrence takes his pubescent assistants into the desert with him on his way to Cairo to announce his victory at Aqaba, brushing off any objections. On the way, one of them drowns in quicksand.
10th Oct '16 2:08:21 PM eroock
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* DeadHeadShot: The goggles hanging in the bush early on, signifying the hero's death in the accident.



* DayForNight: It's obvious by the shadows cast in the sand that all nightly desert scenes were shot during day time.



* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bagpipes are played when the English army moves towards Damascus.



* ForegoneConclusion: If you don't know how the real T.E. Lawrence met his end, the opening moments of the movie show you.

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* FinaleTitleDrop: The title "Lawrence of Arabia" is never spoken in the film but it appears as a headline in the newspaper towards the end.
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ForegoneConclusion: If you don't know how the real T.E. Lawrence met his end, the opening moments of the movie show you.see more specific subtrope StartsWithTheirFuneral



* LastBreathBullet: One soldier during the train attack fires his gun at Lawrence with his last strength. He can only wound him though before getting beheaded.



* NoHuggingNoKissing: As expected given the ChromosomeCasting.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: The killing of the turkish soldiers responsible for the Tafas massacre.

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* OnelinerNameOneliner: Mr. Bentley to Dryden at some point: "Walk away, Dryden, walk away."
* PayEvilUntoEvil: The killing of the turkish Turkish soldiers responsible for the Tafas massacre.


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* PromotionNotPunishment: When Lawrence returns from Aquaba, the British General points out that he acted without orders only to then promote him Major.
3rd Oct '16 12:53:40 PM JulianLapostat
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* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope Deconstruction]].

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* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope Deconstruction]].Deconstruction]], in that the film proves 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]].



* GoingNative: DiscussedTrope, when Lawrence's superiors wonder if he is. And he pretty much is.

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* GoingNative: DiscussedTrope, when Lawrence's superiors wonder if he is. And Lawrence is seriously tempted to do this, and he pretty much is.tries to do this but eventually realizes that he can't truly go native and abandon England. His friends and colleagues in the Arab Revolt fluctuate between seeing him as an English adventurer GloryHound (Prince Feisal at first, Auda Abu Tayi later) and a genuine Arab sympathizer, who however cannot truly commit to the revolt because of his position and personal character.



* HiddenDepths



* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed. At first it's played straight; Lawrence impresses the Arabs and is made one of their leaders. However it gradually becomes apparent that Lawrence doesn't ''really'' understand their culture, their motivations, or their problems, and when he tries to turn against his own side to help them, it turns out that A: The natives don't necessarily even want your "help." And B: Shockingly, an advanced and determined culture holds all the cards when going up against a divided and more primitive culture. Lawrence's attempts to play this trope straight are summed up in one scene:

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* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed. At first it's played straight; Lawrence impresses the Arabs and is made one of their leaders. However it gradually becomes apparent that Lawrence doesn't ''really'' understand their culture, their motivations, or their problems, and when nor does he tries to turn against fully want to. He vastly overrates his own side abilities to help inspire and unite them, it turns out often conducts actions that A: The natives don't necessarily even want your "help." And B: Shockingly, an advanced compromise and determined culture holds all complicate the cards when going up against a divided moderate elements within the Revolt (Sheriff Ali) and more primitive culture.in the end perhaps sabotaged their cause by unrealistic expectations and promises that, regardless of his sincerity, was beyond his minor position to deliver and uphold. Lawrence's attempts to play this trope straight are summed up in one scene:



* MoodWhiplash: The first half is an epic adventure film which climaxes in a triumphant battle scene, Lawrence's promotion and Allenby promising to help the Arabs. The second half becomes increasingly downbeat, showing how deluded Lawrence and the Arabs' dreams of independence are in the face of British imperialism.

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* MoodWhiplash: The first half is an epic adventure film which climaxes in a triumphant battle scene, Lawrence's promotion and Allenby promising to help the Arabs. The second half becomes increasingly downbeat, showing how deluded Lawrence is about his role and function in the Arab Revolt, and the crushing of the Arabs' dreams of independence are in the face of British imperialism.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized: The Arab National Council that forms after the occupation of Damascus exemplifies this trope. The tribesmen who fought alongside Lawrence have no experience with technology, urban administration, or modern politics, and soon found themselves unable to oversee a modern city. For example, the city's damaged electrical generators could not be repaired because the tribesmen had no engineers. Also, the Damascus hospital was full of dead and dying Turks with no running water, as the Arabs had no doctors and insufficient technological training to restore the city's water pumps. To make matters worse, the tribal chieftains leading the council quickly descended into childish inflighting. The situation improved ''only'' when the English took over administration of the city.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Arab uprising is portrayed leaving in the infighting, shallow motives and ruthless tactics.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized: The Arab National Council that forms after the occupation of Damascus exemplifies this trope. The tribesmen who fought alongside Lawrence have no experience with technology, urban administration, or modern politics, and soon found themselves unable to oversee a modern city. For example, the city's damaged electrical generators could not be repaired because the tribesmen had no engineers. Also, the Damascus hospital was full of dead and dying Turks with no running water, as the Arabs had no doctors and insufficient technological training to restore the city's water pumps. To make matters worse, the tribal chieftains leading the council quickly descended into childish inflighting. The situation improved ''only'' when the English took over administration of the city.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Arab uprising is portrayed leaving in the infighting, shallow motives and ruthless tactics.
** It's origins are not the heroic gathering of a single group for a great cause, but more or less a StagedPopulistUprising promoted by one colonialist empire against another colonialist empire, who manipulate sincere romantics like Lawrence to tap into Arab nationalist fervour without regard of the consequences, and without any real intention to deliver on the promises.
** The heroes of the Revolt end up realizing that they were being used, betrayed and discarded by the real power holders who more or less feel that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they have outlived their usefulness]], and that [[NoPlaceForMeThere there's little room in the new order for them]]. In the end they part ways. Sheriff Ali to moderate political reform, Auda Abu Tayi back to the same position he held before the Revolt with not much changed in his lot, and Lawrence back to England and obscurity, feeling that he never quite fulfilled his potential.
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