To Lawrence of Arabia, an apology

You happy few who read my “Countdown #10” post on September 27 may or may not have noticed that though it was a Top Ten List, I only posted up nine movies. (Nobody commented on it, so I only assume that like me, y’all can’t count. It’s really a lost art.) My Top Ten List on the side includes that great epic that I tragically neglected: Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence of Arabia is one of the greatest films ever made, and it’s not just me saying this. It’s #5 on AFI’s top 100, and I’ve heard that Steven Spielberg watches it before making each of his movies. It’s based on a true autobiography by T.E. Lawrence, and tells his story of attempting to unify the Arab tribes against the Turks during WWI. It’s a part of history that I know almost nothing about, and what I do know comes mostly from this movie. It has sprawling desert landscapes, sweeping music, dramatic situations, PETER O’TOOLE (I love Peter O’Toole if you can’t tell), and is at least four hours long. It’s a film for people who love films.

Sadly, I have only seen this film twice. That seems really pathetic (and it kind of is, considering its greatness), but I watched it twice in one week before I had to return it to the library. I didn’t quite get all of Lawrence’s character the first time, so I had to watch it again. I usually don’t do that. I usually wait at least a couple weeks between rewatches. But I loved the film even more the second time, and I was already talking to the TV and anticipating my favorite parts to come back on.

This Thursday, October 4,  Lawrence of Arabia is being shown again in certain theaters for one night only. Sadly (again), I can’t see it because I have a calculus midterm when they are showing it in Boston. This film has such an epic scope it would be about a million times more amazing in an actual theater as opposed to my little laptop screen or my TV back home.

So Lawrence of Arabia, I hereby apologize to you. Like your main character, you are an “extraordinary” film. I acknowledge your greatness and shame my poor counting skills. (I swear I checked that thing over, how did I miss that I only had 9 films?) I can only promise that I will never ignore you again (except in the case of my calculus exam).

“Young men makes wars, and the virtues of wars are the virtues of young men. Courage and hope for the future. Then old men make the peace. And the vices of peace are the vices of old men. Mistrust and caution. It must be so.”

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