The Unenthusiastic Critic is taking no prisoners, as we sit down to discuss her first viewing of Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

We were fortunate enough to catch a big-screen, 70mm showing of David Lean's four-hour, Oscar-winning epic about British soldier and diplomat T.E. Lawrence. Can the visual grandeur, political insight, and emotional complexity of Lean's masterpiece possibly overcome Nakea's distaste for extremely long films?

Nothing is written…until The Unenthusiastic Critic writes it.


0:00: Prologue: from Lawrence of Arabia
0:36: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Lawrence of Arabia
14:07: Original Trailer for Lawrence of Arabia
17:03: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of Lawrence of Arabia
57:43: Outro and Next Week's Movie

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Lawrence of Arabia (dir. David Lean, Columbia, 1962)
—Articles Mentioned and Resources: Review by Roger Ebert,; Review by Bosley CrowtherNY Times; Review by Andrew SarrisThe Village Voice; "The True Story of Lawrence of Arabia," Scott Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine; David Lean's notes on editing Lawrence of Arabia,
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  1. My 70mm viewing of "Lawrence of Arabia" was the 1989 re-release that restored the film to nearly its full length, after a couple of decades when only truncated versions were being distributed. You and Ebert are right that it needs to be experienced on a big screen to be fully appreciated.

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