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'Lawrence of Arabia' gallops across big screen

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.


IF YOU GO

• WHAT: "Lawrence of Arabia"

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

•  WHERE: Cinemark, 7806 Navarro

COST: $10.50

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• WHEN: Through fall 2012

• WHERE: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann St., Houston

• COST: $7-$8

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• WHAT: "American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston"

• WHEN: Through Jan. 1

• WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston

• COST: $10

You know the scene - a tiny speck in the glittering vastness of the desert slowly becomes a man, T.E. Lawrence, as played by Peter O'Toole.

That's the image that comes to mind thinking of David Lean's film, "Lawrence of Arabia." The high-fallutin', film-loving types (like me) love to talk about how some things just aren't the same on the big screen. And moments like this one seem like they were made to prove those people right, because Lean's epic takes on the life of the British officer and his role in the Arab uprising against the Ottomans during World War I. Of course, the movie is about much more than that, and it's well worth watching just to take it all in.

Now, you've got the chance to see the film in the best circumstances possible.

"Lawrence of Arabia" will show at 7 p.m. Thursday across the country, including Victoria, in honor of the film's 50th anniversary.

The Oscar-winning movie will be shown from a digitally-restored print, so everything from O'Toole's stunning blue eyes, to the sight of hundreds of men riding across the desert on the backs of camels, will be up there on the big screen looking better than it has looked since it's release in 1962.

This is another in the growing list of films that we're getting to see on the big screen. "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" are slated to appear later this month, and "To Kill a Mockingbird" is scheduled for November. It has to be seen on the big screen to be properly appreciated? No problem.

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