Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

June 10, 2017

It took me a couple of days but I got it done. Finished watching all three hours and forty seven minutes of this epic movie.

I’ve been trying to stuff my brain full of the good stuff, as Ray Bradbury recommends, and Lawrence of Arabia was one of those all time things I needed to ingest.

It’s a great movie. Stunning. A lot of things for the eyes to feast on, like the vast dessert, distant lands, foreign culture, and even camels.

Lawrence is a bored troublemaking British soldier sent to Arabia to work with the prince there. I think there was a war going on between the turks and the arabians.

It’s a fish out of water story.
A white blonde (Christian?) British guy from the “civilized” world going into the land of brown-skinned Muslim folks riding camels and using swords. No cars, planes, or heavy machine guns for these guys.

The old world is full of tribal behavior, where drinking out of the wrong well, no matter how thirsty, results in a death sentence.

Lawrence’s unique rebel personality and charisma help these Arabians stuck in their old traditional ways. And the Arabians help Lawrence discover things about himself as well.

I won’t spoil the movie but I learned afterwards that it was based on the true story of T.E. Lawrence.

I always thought movies were unique creations but am now understanding that they’re usually borrowing from popular books & real life situations. For some reason, I did not realize that before!

If you’re gonna watch the movie, it’s available on Amazon Prime with a free 7-day trial of the Starz channel. Just make sure to cancel your subscription on time.

The typical human attention span is around 90 minutes max. Then, you’ll need something like a 20 minute break to give your brain a rest. (Nowadays, the attention span may be more like 15 minutes.)

Anyhow, you will need to take regular breaks to finish this marathon of a movie, just like taking breaks in the hot desert sun so that you & your camel can catch your breath. Maybe even drink some water, as long as you don’t get caught by the rival clan.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)