Lawrence of Arabia

Selected by the Music Branch. Free for Museum Members. Introduction by Film Music Historian Jon Burlingame.

Selected by the Music Branch. 
Free for Museum Members.

This epic look at the adventurous life of T. E. Lawrence is widely considered the gold standard of biographical cinema, with its unusually intelligent script, breathtaking cinematography, imposing cast (led by a dazzling Peter O’Toole), and spectacular production value, all under the confident direction of David Lean. The film received ten nominations and seven Oscars, including for Best Picture, Directing, and Maurice Jarre’s symphonic score, highlighted by its instantly classic main theme. Jarre would go on to be Lean’s composer for the rest of their careers, earning additional Oscars for their collaborations on Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984). 

DIRECTED BY: David Lean. WRITTEN BY: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson. WITH: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole. 1962. 228 min. UK. Color. Scope. English. Rated PG. 70mm.
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