December 21, 2013

Why We Loved Lawrence of Arabia

Jack Schwartz, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

As the British Empire receded after World War II, Lawrence’s stature has only grown. He can be adopted by those who long for England’s faded glory as an avatar of the colonial past, and by those who condemn it as a champion of the people who struggled to free themselves from the imperial yoke. The jewel in the Laurentian crown, of course, is David Lean’s screen epic, which has made Lawrence an icon of world cinema and an image of heroism to a global audience who thrill to the image of Peter O’Toole riding out of the desert long after the British Empire has faded from memory.

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