This has to be the best film ever made. The scope, the grandeur. This film is the definition of masterpiece. If this was just from a novel or a story idea like some of David Lean's other epic films(Passage to India, Dr Zhivago) it would still be an all time great film but this is based on a real man in a real war who is more accomplished and more fascinating than any film could ever depict. T.E. Lawrence was one of the greatest war heroes of the 20th century and while he didn't invent the Arab revolt against the Turks he led the revolt beginning when he was only a lieutenant. He was a brilliant military strategist, leader of men and a man with almost no regard for his own personal safety. He was an archeologist, fluent in Arabic. An specialist intelligence specialist who mapped the area for the British government as a civilian back before the war even started. He had a dream of an independent Arabia and worked tirelessly after the war to make that happen. Many historians believe that had his ideas for Arabia been implemented we would not have half the problems in the area we have today. He wrote about his role in the Arab revolt in "The seven pillars of wisdom" a non fiction classic. As for the film about this man it is the most majestic and beautiful film ever made. But that is in contrast to the depiction of a theater in a world war between groups(Turks vs Arabs) that were particularly unmerciful and brutal to each other. Lawrence was also a part of that.