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Lawrence of Arabia: BFI Film Classics Lawrence of Arabia: BFI Film Classics

Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the ten greatest films ever made - though more often by film-goers and film-makers than by critics. This monograph will argue that popular wisdom is correct, and that Lean's film is a unique blend of visionary image-making, narrative power, mythopoetic charm and psychological acuteness. Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the ten greatest films ever made - though more often by film-goers and film-makers than by critics. This monograph will argue that popular wisdom is correct, and that Lean's film is a unique blend of visionary image-making, narrative power, mythopoetic charm and psychological acuteness.
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Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the ten greatest films ever made - though more often by film-goers and film-makers than by critics. This monograph will argue that popular wisdom is correct, and that Lean's film is a unique blend of visionary image-making, narrative power, mythopoetic charm and psychological acuteness; far from being a "Boy's Own Tale", it is one of popular cinema's greatest tragedies, closer to Shakespeare than to "Biggles". This volume is the first since Adrian Turner's (now long out of print, and unobtainable for less than GBP 120) to bring together a critical analysis of the film and an account of its tangled production history - a kind of epic in its own right. It is the first ever to combine these elements with the story of attempts by Alexander Korda and others to bring Lawrence's story to the screen, and to be written from the perspective of someone who is as deeply immersed in the lore of the real-life Lawrence as in the movie. It should appeal both to the film's enormous fan-base and to the exceptionally large number of readers who are fascinated by all aspects of Lawrence and his many careers. Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the ten greatest films ever made - though more often by film-goers and film-makers than by critics. This monograph will argue that popular wisdom is correct, and that Lean's film is a unique blend of visionary image-making, narrative power, mythopoetic charm and psychological acuteness; far from being a "Boy's Own Tale", it is one of popular cinema's greatest tragedies, closer to Shakespeare than to "Biggles". This volume is the first since Adrian Turner's (now long out of print, and unobtainable for less than GBP 120) to bring together a critical analysis of the film and an account of its tangled production history - a kind of epic in its own right. It is the first ever to combine these elements with the story of attempts by Alexander Korda and others to bring Lawrence's story to the screen, and to be written from the perspective of someone who is as deeply immersed in the lore of the real-life Lawrence as in the movie. It should appeal both to the film's enormous fan-base and to the exceptionally large number of readers who are fascinated by all aspects of Lawrence and his many careers.

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SKU 9781844571789
Author(s) Kevin Jackson
Publisher(s) BFI
Format Paperback
Original publication date 01 Jun 2007
Number of pages 127

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