Merriam-Webster defines EPIC as:
1: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an epic
2 a : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope
The second definition is what I feel suits David Lean’s Oscar winning cinematic version of T.E. Lawrence’s wartime service best. There is nothing small about this film, from the script taken from Lawrence’s own writings with the aid of Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson (Who by the way was originally left uncredited for his work, it wasn’t until the 1978 his credit was restored.), to Freddie Young’s masterful cinematography using Super Panavision 70 which garnered him the gold statuette, and how can one forget the stirring and 100% deserved Oscar winning score by Maurice Jarre! Surprisingly the moving performances of both Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif were overlooked by the Academy that year, the Oscars went to Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird) and Ed Begley (Sweet Bird Of Youth) respectively.
I want to give a huge thanks to Kirby McDaniel: Movie Art for the supplied vintage poster you see below. If you consider yourself a cinephile you need to take a moment and follow the link above, you will be glad you did.
Let us make a deal, shall we? If I ever come into an enormous amount of money, I will build a movie theatre that resembles the grand movie palaces of old, and I will make sure this is the first film I present. You should all consider yourselves cordially invited!
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