Lawrence of Arabia.....

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  1. RollTide

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    James Cameron already did it. Avatar.


    Seriously there is something romantic about a garden variety white man from the USA or UK immersing himself into a totally foreign culture. Not foreign to Lawrence but to almost every other Brit.

    Lawrence while in college did a 3 month 1000 mile walking tour of Syria. Then after graduation he did a 4 year stint at the archeological dig Carchemish, in northern Syria as an Oxford graduate student.

    He spoke several languages, he was fluent in Arabic and read classic Greek literature in the original Greek.

    Whatever his motivation, his illegitimacy or his diminutive height he lived a life that most of us dream of living.
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    Sounds fascinating. Might have to check it out.
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    No female speaking roles in Lawrence of Arabia. But, rest assured, if hollywood did make a remake they would put one in. They did with the remake of Flight of the Phoenix a few years back. Remakes suck the big one. Sad thing is that the young today usually have no idea when something is a remake, and even if they do they believe that "new is better".
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    I love Giovanni Ribisi in that film(Flight of the Phoenix) and like almost everything he does. He might be a good choice for the 2012 version of Lawrence.

    Dennis Quaid vs James Stewart? My gawd what a contrast. Talk about a whole different league.

    I can't see a real remake of LOA it would cost too much. 15,000 camels and horses were used in that thing.

    Anthony Quinn played more different ethnic characters than any actor in the history of film. He played Arabs, Greeks, Latinos and even a Filipino in "back to Battan! What an amazing career he had.

    One way that the film actually surpasses real history is the character of Arthur Kennedy one of my favorite actors. His Jackson Bentley character has a more significant role in the film that Lowell Thomas had in the real story. Thomas was only with Lawrence and the Arab army for about a week on the front.
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  5. RollTide

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    Maybe instead of starting a LOA thread i should have broadened it to the David Lean thread. Lean the greatest director of epic films.


    Bridge on the river Kwai-7 Oscars

    Lawrence of Arabia-7 Oscars

    Dr Zhivago-5 Oscars

    Passage to India-2 Oscars


    4 epic films, 19 Oscars makes Lean among the elite directors of all time. And while not nearly as prolific as Ford or Hitch his films were masterpieces.
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    Yeah, we took over the role from the Western Europeans after WWII.

    I have always enjoyed learning history, but admittedly I am a bit weak when it comes to Middle Eastern History.

    Thanks for the lesson here. I will look for this movie when on vacation later this year.
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    And the remake would feature one horse, one camel and and whole helluva lot of CGI..
    But you're right, it will never be remade, not because of cost, but because of Hollywood's decades-long campaign to dumb down the movie going public.

    If there's no chance of wire-fu there's no chance of a remake..
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    Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg were a part of the remastering of this film and both believe that it is one of the best films ever made. Spielberg thinks that a remake would cost at least $280M and would be very difficult with political correctness and animal rights people today.

    He did state clearly that the use of digital reproduction that is used today would ruin a picture like that because people do notice it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX3bqRemW8U


    Logistics aside how can anybody duplicate a masterpiece of art?
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    Roll, thanks for that. I may use it with my classroom. :D
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