A cinematic masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia was released in 1962, and won a grand total of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Starring Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness, the film is being re-released this year to mark its 50th anniversary. And it’s been neatened up quite a lot – the new version is being released in theatres in 4K; which is a fancy filmmaker’s way of saying VERY high definition. It’s never looked so good!
Truth be told there’s another reason we like it so much – a lot of it was filmed in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a stunning landscape that has since featured in many other feature films.
T.E. Lawrence himself described Wadi Rum thusly: “Rum the magnificent …. vast echoing and Godlike … a processional way greater than imagination … the crimson sunset burned on its stupendous cliffs and slanted ladders of hazy fire down its walled avenue…”
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
We can’t wait to see it in full for ourselves, but in the meantime, the trailer will have to do.