History Film / LawrenceOfArabia

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.
24th Nov '17 9:17:01 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.
29th Oct '17 4:01:27 AM moloch
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** Daud and Farraj have an almost romantic devotion to each other. This part of their characterization could have been drawn from T.E. Lawrence's ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'', in which they were described as a same-sex couple.

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** Daud and Farraj have an almost romantic devotion to each other. This part of their characterization could have been drawn from T.E. Lawrence's ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'', in which they were explicitly described as a same-sex couple.



* BattleButler: Farraj and Daud, Lawrence's [[ThoseTwoGuys two servants]]
* BedouinRescueService: Subverted, in that Sherif Ali kills Lawrence's guide but offers to bring Lawrence to Prince Feisal so he will not be lost in the desert. And then Lawrence refuses, getting himself safely to Wadi Safra and the Prince.

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* BattleButler: Farraj and Daud, Lawrence's [[ThoseTwoGuys two servants]]
servants]].
* BedouinRescueService: Subverted, in that Sherif Ali kills Lawrence's guide but offers to bring Lawrence to Prince Feisal Faisal so he will not be lost in the desert. And then Lawrence refuses, getting himself safely to Wadi Safra and the Prince.



* BigGood: Feisal to the Arab revolt.

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* BigGood: Feisal Faisal to the Arab revolt.



* BornInTheWrongCentury: Feisal wishes he were alive in Medieval Cordoba.

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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Feisal Faisal wishes he were alive in Medieval Cordoba.



* {{Brownface}}: Alec Guiness, an English actor, plays Prince Feisal, an Arab.

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* {{Brownface}}: Alec Guiness, an English actor, plays Prince Feisal, Faisal, an Arab.



* TheChessmaster: Allenby and Feisal spend as much time plotting against each other as fighting the Turks.
* ChromosomeCasting: All of the named characters are men. In fact, there aren't any female speaking parts.
* ColonelBadass: Lawrence is a Lieutenant Colonel.

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* TheChessmaster: Allenby and Feisal Faisal spend as much time plotting against each other as fighting the Turks.
* ChromosomeCasting: All of the named characters are men. In fact, there aren't any female speaking parts.
parts - it's generally believed to be the longest film in existence with no female speaking roles at all.
* ColonelBadass: Lawrence is a Lieutenant Colonel.Colonel by the end.



-->"If fifty men rode out of the Nefoud, they would be fifty men other men might join."
* CreatorCameo: Creator/DavidLean voices the motorcyclist who asks Lawrence "Who are you?" at the Suez Canal. Creator/RobertBolt plays one of the officers (smoking a pipe) watching Lawrence's first conference with Allenby.
* CrossingTheDesert: Happens at least once, naturally, first when joining Prince Faisal with the guide, then crossing the Nefud with the rest of Faisal's squad, then going back in Nefud to find his lost servant. Also doubles as a ThirstyDesert.

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-->"If fifty men rode out of the Nefoud, Nefud, they would be fifty men other men might join."
* CreatorCameo: Creator/DavidLean voices the motorcyclist who asks Lawrence "Who are you?" at the Suez Canal. Creator/RobertBolt plays one of the officers (smoking a pipe) watching Lawrence's first conference with Allenby.
Allenby. Numerous other crewmembers play bit parts.
* CrossingTheDesert: Happens at least once, naturally, first when joining Prince Faisal with the guide, then crossing the Nefud with the rest of Faisal's squad, then going back in into the Nefud to find his lost servant.Gasim. Also doubles as a ThirstyDesert.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Sheriff Ali wears black robes to contrast our hero's white robes and khaki uniforms, but he's a loyal friend.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Sheriff Sherif Ali wears black robes to contrast our hero's white robes and khaki uniforms, but he's a loyal friend.



* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope 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]].
* EternalSexualFreedom: Subverted. Lawrence is ashamed that he's a bastard (his father didn't marry his mother) and tries to conceal it, and his Arab friend is clearly initially uncomfortable with it.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bagpipes are played when the English army moves towards Damascus.

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* EpicMovie: One of the most famous examples, though in many ways it's also a [[UnbuiltTrope Deconstruction]], Deconstruction]] of the Epic Hero, in that the film proves 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]].
world]].
* EternalSexualFreedom: Subverted. Lawrence is ashamed that he's a bastard (his father didn't marry his mother) and tries to conceal it, and his Arab friend Ali is clearly initially uncomfortable with it.
it when Lawrence tells him.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bagpipes are played when a Highland regiment of the English British army moves towards Damascus.



%%* ForegoneConclusion: see more specific subtrope StartsWithTheirFuneral



* FutileHandReach: Lawrence does this towards one of his companions, who just sank into quicksand.

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* FutileHandReach: Lawrence does this towards one of his companions, Daud, who just sank into quicksand.



* GoingNative: DiscussedTrope, when Lawrence's superiors wonder if he is. Lawrence is seriously tempted to do this, and he 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.

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* GoingNative: DiscussedTrope, when A DiscussedTrope in the film. Lawrence's superiors wonder if he is. Lawrence is seriously tempted to do this, he's going native, and he tries to do this but eventually realizes one of Lawrence's internal conflicts is that he can't ''wishes'' he could, but he knows he can never be truly go native and abandon England. accepted by the Arabs as one of them. His friends and colleagues in the Arab Revolt fluctuate between seeing him as an English adventurer GloryHound (Prince Feisal Faisal 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.



** Perhaps the biggest (and to some, most insulting) alteration is the ending, which shows Feisal's "Arab Council" collapsing from in-fighting, Damascus degenerating into chaos, and the British (after having refused to help Feisal) taking over. While there was tension and occasional violence between the different Arab factions (mostly between Feisal's Bedouin and the Damascus-based "city Arabs"), it didn't cause Feisal's government to disintegrate. In fact, Feisal's kingdom lasted through 1921, when the French army invaded Syria. Also, the Turks and their German allies destroyed much of Damascus while evacuating - a more proximate cause for the chaos than Arab incompetence. Neither did Allenby refuse to help Feisal, a depiction [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade the General's family bitterly resented]].
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Larence at first but later turns into IJustWantToBeNormal.

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** Perhaps the biggest (and to some, most insulting) alteration is the ending, which shows Feisal's Faisal's "Arab Council" collapsing from in-fighting, Damascus degenerating into chaos, and the British (after having refused to help Feisal) Faisal) taking over. While there was tension and occasional violence between the different Arab factions (mostly between Feisal's Faisal's Bedouin and the Damascus-based "city Arabs"), it didn't cause Feisal's Faisal's government to disintegrate. In fact, Feisal's Faisal's kingdom lasted through 1921, when the French army invaded Syria. Also, the Turks and their German allies destroyed much of Damascus while evacuating - a more proximate cause for the chaos than Arab incompetence. Neither did Allenby refuse to help Feisal, Faisal, a depiction [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade the General's family bitterly resented]].
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Larence at first but later turns into IJustWantToBeNormal.One of Lawrence's major internal conflicts is between this and IJustWantToBeNormal.



* JudgmentOfSolomon: An Arab warrior from one tribe murders one from another. For the murderer not to be executed would shame the wronged tribe; For the wronged tribe to execute the murderer would simply escalate the CycleOfRevenge. To fend off the dispute, Lawrence, to his distaste, personally carries out the execution because he has no local connections and therefore no one can take offense.

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* JudgmentOfSolomon: An Arab warrior from one tribe Lawrence's friend Gasim murders one a man from another. another tribe. For the murderer him not to be executed would shame the wronged tribe; For the wronged tribe to execute the murderer would simply escalate the CycleOfRevenge. To fend off the dispute, Lawrence, to his distaste, personally carries out the execution because he has no local connections and therefore no one can take offense.



* KillTheCutie: The sprightly teenage orphans Daud and Farraj accompany Lawrence in his adventures, only for Daud to be lost to [[QuicksandSucks quicksand]], and Farraj is mortally wounded by enemy fire and [[MercyKill mercy-killed]] by Lawrence.

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* KillTheCutie: The sprightly teenage orphans Daud and Farraj accompany Lawrence in his adventures, only for Daud to be lost to [[QuicksandSucks quicksand]], and Farraj is mortally wounded by enemy fire in an accident with a detonator and [[MercyKill mercy-killed]] by Lawrence.



* LifeWillKillYou: After all his dangerous adventures, Lawrence dies in a road accident on his motorcycle. At the beginning of the film, no less. However, this was a DeadlyDistantFinale, occurring many years after he retired.

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* LifeWillKillYou: After all his dangerous adventures, Lawrence dies [[DeadlyDistantFinale years later]] in a road accident on his motorcycle. At And at the beginning of the film, no less. However, this was a DeadlyDistantFinale, occurring many years after he retired.



* MachoMasochism: Less flashy example when Lawrence pinches out a burning match.

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* MachoMasochism: Less flashy example when Lawrence pinches out a burning match. Notably, masochism seems to be the one aspect of Peter O'Toole's Lawrence that historians agree is pretty much dead-on.



* MajorlyAwesome: Lawrence is promoted from lieutenant to major in charge of leading the Arab guerilla forces against the Turks after successfully taking Turkish-held Aqaba

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* MajorlyAwesome: Lawrence is promoted from lieutenant to major in charge of leading the Arab guerilla forces against the Turks after successfully taking Turkish-held Aqaba Aqaba.



* MercyKill: The Arabs kill most of their wounded so the Turks don't get them.
* 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, nor does he fully want to. He vastly overrates his own abilities to inspire and unite them, often conducts actions that compromise and complicate the moderate elements within the Revolt (Sheriff Ali) and 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:

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* MercyKill: The Arabs kill most of their wounded so the Turks don't get them.
them. Lawrence is forced to kill Farraj for this reason too.
* 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, nor does he fully want to. He vastly overrates his own abilities to inspire and unite them, often conducts actions that compromise and complicate the moderate elements within the Revolt (Sheriff (Sherif Ali) and 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:



* MissionBriefing: Played with. Some scenes are played straight, like Lawrence's first scene with General Murray and Mr. Dryden ("What is the job?" "Find Prince Feisal."). Others are used more to develop Lawrence's character than to advance the plot, like his first meeting with General Allenby, where they spend a minute or so discussing strategy and the rest of the scene discussing the campaign's effect on Lawrence.
* 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.

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* MissionBriefing: Played with. Some scenes are played straight, like Lawrence's first scene with General Murray and Mr. Dryden ("What is the job?" "Find Prince Feisal.Faisal."). Others are used more to develop Lawrence's character than to advance the plot, like his first meeting with General Allenby, where they spend a minute or so discussing strategy and the rest of the scene discussing the campaign's effect on Lawrence.
* 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 Faisal 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.



* NoAntagoinst: Despite being a war film there's no central antagonist impeding Lawrence's path. The Turks as enemies are mostly down played with the conflict in the film being derived from the desert itself, getting allies to cooperate and Lawrence's own increasingly deranged personality.

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* NoAntagoinst: NoAntagonist: Despite being a war film there's no central antagonist impeding Lawrence's path. The Turks as enemies are mostly down played Conflict is less with the conflict in the film being derived from Turks than the desert itself, getting allies the struggle to cooperate unite the Arab peoples and Lawrence's own increasingly deranged personality.



** Lawrence going after one of his men stranded in desert. Managing to save him. Inverted possibly by being forced to execute him.
** Subverted in another instance. Lawrence's [[BattleButler servant]] has to be given a MercyKill because it is impossible ''not'' to leave him behind.
* NoWomansLand: It is a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie, but still - no women are shown on screen, except for a handful of veiled extras here and there, and some nurses. There are no women with speaking roles. (Ululating doesn't count.)

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** Lawrence going after one of his men stranded in desert. Managing back into [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Sun's Anvil]] to save him. Inverted possibly by being forced to execute him.
rescue Gasim, who fell behind unnoticed.
** Subverted in another instance. Lawrence's [[BattleButler servant]] Farraj has to be given a MercyKill because it is impossible ''not'' to leave they ''can't'' bring him behind.
with them, and [[FateWorseThanDeath the Turks are coming]].
* NoWomansLand: It is a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie, but still - no women are shown on screen, except for a handful of veiled extras here and there, and some nurses. There are no women with speaking roles. (Ululating doesn't count.))



** Sir Creator/AlecGuinness as the Arab Prince Feisal.
** In the DVD making of documentary it stated he was actually copying co-star Omar Sharif's real refined Egyptian accent.[[note]]The reason the accent sounds so British is that Egyptians of Sharif's class and generation typically learned English quite young at British schools. Sharif himself, being the scion of a well-to-do family, attended Victoria College, Alexandria, which was expressly intended to be a sort of [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Eton]] of the Middle East and was staffed by British teachers.[[/note]]

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** Sir Creator/AlecGuinness as the Arab Prince Feisal.
** In
Faisal sounds quite British - on the DVD making of documentary it stated [[AluminumChristmasTrees he was actually copying copying]] co-star Omar Sharif's real refined Egyptian accent.[[note]]The reason the accent sounds so British is that Egyptians of Sharif's class and generation typically learned English quite young at British schools. Sharif himself, being the scion of a well-to-do family, attended Victoria College, Alexandria, which was expressly intended to be a sort of [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Eton]] of the Middle East and was staffed by British teachers.[[/note]]



* OneWomanWail:
** Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) 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.

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* OneWomanWail:
[[OneWomanWail Wailing Women]]:
** Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) 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.



* QuicksandSucks: Quicksand shows up in the desert, swallowing a servant in moments. Easy to write off as ArtisticLicenseGeology, but its [[OlderThanTheyThink mentioned in the folklore]] of many desert cultures, and its 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]]
* RaceLift: Prince Feisal is played by the White British Sir Alec Guinness.
* RapeAsDrama: Lawrence and the Turkish Bey. More like a beating/"implied rape as drama", but still disturbing.
* RatedMForManly: A movie about Bedouin riding around on {{Cool Horse}}s in scorching deserts, killing large numbers of Turkish soldiers.

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* QuicksandSucks: Quicksand shows up in the desert, swallowing a servant in moments. Easy to write off as ArtisticLicenseGeology, but its it's [[OlderThanTheyThink mentioned in the folklore]] of many desert cultures, and its it's recently been discovered that may be for good reason: [[TruthInTelevision Dry dry quicksand exists]] and behaves ''more'' like hollywood 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]]
* RaceLift: Prince Feisal is played by the White British Sir Alec Guinness.
* RapeAsDrama:
[[RapeAsDrama Beating And Rape As Drama]]: Lawrence and the Turkish Bey. More like a beating/"implied rape as drama", but still disturbing.
It comes close to breaking Lawrence completely.
* RatedMForManly: A movie about Bedouin riding around on {{Cool Horse}}s and camels in scorching deserts, killing large numbers of Turkish soldiers.soldiers! That's also about beautiful desert landscapes, British imperialism, one man's war with his own nature, and features barely any battle scenes, instead being rife with sexual tension between men. Not exactly ''Film/{{Predator}}'', then.



* ReassignedToAntarctica: The Turkish Bey utters the line, "Two years I have been posted to Dera. If I had been stationed on the dark side of the moon I could not have been more isolated."

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: The Turkish Bey utters the line, "Two years I have been posted to Dera.Daraa. If I had been stationed on the dark side of the moon I could not have been more isolated."



** 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.
* RightInFrontOfMe: A British officer is honoured to shake Lawrence's hand, unaware that Lawrence was the dirty wog he'd slapped earlier.
* SaharanShipwreck: Lawrence is dumbfounded to see a ship sailing through the Sinai desert. It actually means he's reached the Suez Canal and safety. The funny thing about this is that ancient versions of the Suez Canal have been constructed and reclaimed by the desert before, in ancient human history. If the Suez Canal of today were to be abandoned, it would eventually sand in.

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** It's Its 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 Sherif 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, Revolt, and Lawrence back to England and obscurity, feeling that he never quite fulfilled his potential.
* RightInFrontOfMe: A British officer is honoured to shake Lawrence's hand, unaware that Lawrence was the dirty wog "dirty wog" he'd slapped earlier.
* SaharanShipwreck: Lawrence is and Farraj are dumbfounded to see a ship sailing through the Sinai desert. It actually means he's they've reached the Suez Canal and safety. The funny thing about this is that ancient versions of the Suez Canal have been constructed and reclaimed by the desert before, in ancient human history. If the Suez Canal of today were to be abandoned, it would eventually sand in.



* ShootTheDog: Lawrence has to shoot a man guilty of murder to prevent his alliance falling apart. Which is also an example of ShootTheShaggyDog, since beforehand Lawrence went across the desert to save the man, though it did earn him the respect of some of the tribesmen.

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* ShootTheDog: Lawrence has to shoot a man Gasim, who's guilty of murder murder, to prevent his alliance falling apart. Which is also an example of ShootTheShaggyDog, since beforehand Lawrence went across the desert to save the man, him, though it did earn him the respect of some of the tribesmen.



* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate: Lawrence's batman disappears in the desert. The bedouin refuse to try to save him because "it is written" (and because a bedouin would know well enough to be afraid of the desert). Lawrence rides off claiming, "nothing is written" and comes back in a few hours with his batman. However it is ultimately revealed that it really was written, given that Lawrence ultimately has to execute the batman.

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* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate: Lawrence's batman Gasim disappears in the desert. The bedouin refuse to try to save him because "it is written" (and because a bedouin would know well enough to be afraid of the desert). Lawrence rides off claiming, "nothing is written" and comes back in a few hours with his batman. Gasim. However it is ultimately revealed that perhaps it really was written, given that Lawrence ultimately has to execute the batman.Gasim to prevent a blood feud.



* TakeAThirdOption: A member of a rival clan has a grudge against Gazim, and threatens war if he's not allowed to kill him, while Gazim's own clan threatens war if he does. Lawrence then determines that the rival clan member will be satisfied with Gazim's death even if he's not the one to do it, and does the deed himself, not being affiliated with any clan and thus incurring no reprisals.

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* TakeAThirdOption: A member of After Gasim murders a rival clan has a grudge against Gazim, and threatens man from another tribe, they threaten war if he's they're not allowed to kill him, while Gazim's own clan threatens war Sherif Ali will be obliged to start a blood feud if he does. they do. Lawrence then determines that the rival clan member will be satisfied with Gazim's Gasim's death even if he's not the one to do it, and does the deed himself, not being affiliated with any clan and thus incurring no reprisals.



* WalkOnWater: Alluded to. Ali tells Lawrence that instead of wanting the Arabs to do reasonable things, he wants them to walk on water. Later in Deraa, Lawrence walks across a puddle and laughs.

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* WalkOnWater: Alluded to. Ali tells Lawrence that instead of wanting the Arabs to do reasonable things, he wants them to walk on water. Later in Deraa, Lawrence walks across a puddle and laughs.laughs at Ali's expression.



* WidescreenShot: So many, it showed Lean was a master of them.
* TheWisePrince: Feisal.

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* WidescreenShot: So many, it showed Filmed on 70mm film, and Lean was a master of them.
cinematography.
* TheWisePrince: Feisal.Faisal.
21st Oct '17 2:36:12 AM cillianflood
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* NoAntagoinst: Despite being a war film there's no central antagonist impeding Lawrence's path. The Turks as enemies are mostly down played with the conflict in the film being derived from the desert itself, getting allies to cooperate and Lawrence's own increasingly deranged personality.
30th Sep '17 10:00:31 PM Jormungar
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* DeathFromAbove: Lawrence and Ali witness this from afar.
-->'''Ali''': God pity the men under those guns.

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* DeathFromAbove: Lawrence and Ali witness this from afar.
Turkish soldiers under artillery bombardment:
-->'''Ali''': God pity help the men who lie under those guns.that.



-->'''Ali''': Even so, God pity them.

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-->'''Ali''': Even so, God pity them.help them.
24th Sep '17 6:46:01 PM Specialist290
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* ObligatorhyWarCrimeScene: Lawrence and the Arabs cut down surrendering Turks [[BlackAndGreyMorality in retaliation for their own massacre of the village of Tafas]]. One of the relatively rare scenes in film where the perpetrators are meant to still meant to retain some sympathy, and it also shows just how much of a toll the war has taken on Lawrence.

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* ObligatorhyWarCrimeScene: ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Lawrence and the Arabs cut down surrendering Turks [[BlackAndGreyMorality in retaliation for their own massacre of the village of Tafas]]. One of the relatively rare scenes in film where the perpetrators are meant to still meant to retain some sympathy, and it also shows just how much of a toll the war has taken on Lawrence.
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