Laurence Of Arabia


I am trying to figure out a number of things about this movie. First of all, it's implied, of course, that this man was real--was he? I couldn't access the summary of the book part of this web site, so I don't know when the book was written. What historical war/conflict is being referenced? The movie would appear to be saying that Lawrence was the first Westerner to recognize Arabs as their own entity rather than merely considering them as a kind of savage sub-species. I think the movie is interesting in light of current relations between the Middle East and Westerners. It seems ironic to me about supplying them with weapons but not enough to make them dangerous to "us," supposedly. We seem to have a long history of interferring, dominating, and using people only to have it bite us in the ass. Certainly the portrayal of Lawrence as a man with a God-complex is appropo of the heart of some of these issues.

I'm curious about this movie, the man, the issues and ideas if anyone would like to dialogue.

>>By Mik   (Saturday, 24 May 2003 18:29)

open for discussion

>>By nic   (Tuesday, 17 Jun 2003 08:45)

yes he was genuine. Read Seven Pillars of Wisdom if you want to familiarize yourself with this amazing historical character.

>>By bubman   (Wednesday, 25 Jun 2003 21:49)

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