History Trivia / LawrenceOfArabia

25th Dec '17 11:42:38 AM AllenbysEyes88
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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. In particular, Lean's plan to shoot the first battle scene at the real Aqaba simply wasn't feasible, as Aqaba (which had been a small village in 1917) had grown into a major city ny 1962. (The scene was shot on a specially-constructed set in Almeria, Spain.) 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 (specifically the climactic massacre and its aftermath) and, yes, California.

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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. In particular, Lean's plan to shoot the first battle scene at the real Aqaba simply wasn't feasible, as Aqaba (which had been a small village in 1917) had grown into a major city ny by 1962. (The scene was shot on a specially-constructed set in Almeria, Spain.) 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 (specifically the climactic massacre and its aftermath) and, yes, California.


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* RecycledSet: The Aqaba set constructed for the film remained intact for several decades, turning up in numerous later movies such as Creator/SidneyLumet's ''The Hill'' and Creator/JohnMilius's ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion''. In the early nineties the Spanish government finally tore down the set to make way for highway construction.
25th Dec '17 11:32:53 AM AllenbysEyes88
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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.

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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. In particular, Lean's plan to shoot the first battle scene at the real Aqaba simply wasn't feasible, as Aqaba (which had been a small village in 1917) had grown into a major city ny 1962. (The scene was shot on a specially-constructed set in Almeria, Spain.) 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 (specifically the climactic massacre and its aftermath) and, yes, California.
2nd Dec '17 7:27:22 PM Robotech_Master
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* FollowTheLeader: This movie was so influential in its day that practically every movie set in whole or in part in a desert since it came out has effectively borrowed or outright stolen from it. Echoes of Maurice Jarre's iconic sweeping score can be heard in everything from ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' to the Creator/BrendanFraser Film/TheMummyTrilogy movies.
29th Oct '17 4:07:08 AM moloch
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** The original idea for the score was that it be divided between Creator/MauriceJarre for the dramatic score, Creator/AramKhatchaturyan for the Middle Eastern themes and Creator/BenjaminBritten for the British Imperial themes. The latter two had to pull out so Richard Rodgers was hired. Then when Lean and Spiegel listened to his contributions and Jarre's, they loved Jarre's so much they gave him the whole job instead.
3rd Oct '17 4:25:49 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PeterOToole always seemed ambivalent about his performance, even though it was his StarMakingRole. He did not enjoy the experience at all (understandable given the TroubledProduction it went through) and felt that he was too raw and untested an actor to truly capture Lawrence's complex personality. Further, O'Toole went years without ever seeing the finished film in its entirety, though when he finally watched it sometime in the 1980's he admitted that it was quite impressive.

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PeterOToole always seemed ambivalent about his performance, even though it was his StarMakingRole. He did not enjoy the experience of making the movie at all (understandable given the TroubledProduction it went through) and felt that he was too raw and untested an actor to truly capture Lawrence's complex personality. Further, O'Toole went years without ever seeing the finished film in its entirety, though when he finally watched it sometime in the 1980's he admitted that it was quite impressive.
3rd Oct '17 4:25:14 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PeterOToole always seemed ambivalent about his performance, even though it was his StarMakingRole. He did not enjoy the experience at all (understandable given the TroubledProduction it went through) and felt that he was too raw and untested an actor to truly capture Lawrence's complex personality. Further, O'Toole went years without ever seeing the finished film in its entirety, though when he finally watched it sometime in the 1980's he admitted that it was quite impressive.
3rd Oct '17 1:11:18 PM JohnnyChimpo
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** Though apparently Creator/AlecGuinness bore such a striking resemblance to the real Faisal that people who didn't know he was dead thought he was the real deal, it's rather uncomfortable to a modern audience to see a white Englishman playing an Arab.

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** Though apparently Apparently Creator/AlecGuinness bore such a striking resemblance to the real Faisal that people who didn't know he was dead thought he was the real deal, even though it's rather uncomfortable to a modern audience to see a white an Englishman playing an Arab.
25th Jun '17 12:19:47 AM mouschilight
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** Bollywood actor Creator/DilipKumar was offered the role of Sherif Ali, but he declined.
14th Apr '17 4:13:29 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BFILists/BFITop100BritishFilms: #3.
3rd Apr '17 5:39:37 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* FakeNationality: In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
** Kind of. Half-Irish, half-Scottish Creator/PeterOToole, who might have been born in England or Ireland (he had two different birth certificates), as Welsh born but half Anglo-Irish and half Scots Lawrence. At any rate, they're both from the British Isles.

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* FakeNationality: In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
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Kind of. Half-Irish, half-Scottish Creator/PeterOToole, who might have been born in England or Ireland (he had two different birth certificates), as Welsh born but half Anglo-Irish and half Scots Lawrence. At any rate, they're both from the British Isles.



* FatalMethodActing: Averted.

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* FatalMethodActing: Averted. In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
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