Celebrate the Life of Peter O’ Toole by Watching Lawrence of Arabia

Posted on | December 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

Peter O'Toole: Acting LegendLast Saturday, Peter O’ Toole passed away at the age of 81. Holding the record for most Oscar nominations with out a win, the acting legend’s wide-ranging career spanned historical period pieces (The Lion in Winter, The Last Emperor), notorious flops (Caligula, Man of La Mancha), and even an animated comedy (Ratatouille). His most famous work, however, was Lawrence of Arabia (1962), David Lean’s sweeping desert adventure. The movie is a biopic of T. E. Lawrence, a British officer serving in the Middle East during World War I. The film is thrilling, beautiful, and captivating, and easily one of my favorites. So next time you’re thinking of renting a movie (and have 216 minutes to spare), watch Lawrence of Arabia.

Peter O' Toole and Omar Shariff in Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)Note: Often cited as one of the best examples of why the big-screen is the way to see movies, I got a chance to see Lawrence of Arabia at the theater during a 50th anniversary re-release at the theater. You can read my full review here.


One Response to “Celebrate the Life of Peter O’ Toole by Watching Lawrence of Arabia”

  1. Steve Itkin
    December 29th, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    It’s so wonderful that you had the opportunity to see this film on the “big screen”! I still vividly remember “discovering” Peter O’Toole seemingly sailing across the open desert on that camel. It was all you described and more! It made a 15 year old boy (at the time) want to be him! As lengthy as that film was, I remember not wanting it to end.

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