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Lawrence Of Arabia

5

50th anniversary re-release for David Lean's all-time classic

James Bond isn't the only one blowing out 50 candles this year.

Half a century after its original release, David Lean’s historical epic is back on the big screen in a bright 4k digital restoration.

Drawing heavily on Colonel TE Lawrence’s Seven Pillars Of Wisdom - his own account of his efforts to unite warring Arab tribes against their Turkish rulers - its politics are simplistic.

Yet this seven-Oscar wonder remains exhilarating thanks to Freddie Young’s majestic desert lensing, Maurice Jarre’s gorgeous score and Peter O’Toole’s career-defining portrayal of the feted but flawed protagonist.

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