In the sands of Arabia arose an unlikely hero
So much of what we take for granted as always having been a part of the Arab culture was, in fact, inspired and adopted based on this film depicting the life of a man who did indeed change the course of events in the Middle East. T. E. Lawrence was the catalyst that started it all.
Peter O’Toole’s performance did T. E. Lawrence’s life justice. Omar Sharif was brilliant as the supporting actor. The production and direction of this classic allows for both a personal and a panoramic view into the events unfolding at that juncture in history. The cinematography was spectacular.
Lawrence of Arabia remains a classic and a wonderful introduction to the history of modern Arabia. The film could only have been created when it was as any earlier, the technology would not have been ready, any later, the political scenario of the Middle East would not have allowed it.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
“I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum.
No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.”
— Prince Faisal
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
— Paul Rusesabagina