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Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Articles


Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Following the long Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday (July 22, '15), below is a brief career recap of Egyptian film star Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 and whose credits include the David Lean-directed classics Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. A future post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa Like Jacques Sernas', the death of Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the […]


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Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara



Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people […]


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Best British Movies of All Time?



Peter O'Toole Movies: Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts

Peter O'Toole movies and Best Actor Oscar nominations (image: young Peter O'Toole in the early '60s) (See previous post: “Peter O'Toole 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor: Eight-Time Oscar Nominee Dead at 81.”) At the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony, Meryl Streep handed Peter O'Toole an Honorary Oscar. That remained O'Toole's sole Academy Award “victory.” In fact, with eight Best Actor Oscar nominations to his credit, Peter O'Toole held – or rather, holds – the Oscar's record for the most nods in any of the acting categories without a single (competitive) win. He was shortlisted for the following films: 'Lawrence of Arabia' “I can't imagine anyone whom I'm less like than T.E. Lawrence,” Peter O'Toole himself admitted, but his characterization in David Lean's Lawrence […]


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Peter O'Toole Movies: Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts



Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Eight-Time Oscar Nominee

Peter O'Toole: 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor, eight-time Oscar nominee dead at 81 (image: Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia') Stage, film, and television actor Peter O'Toole, an eight-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee best remembered for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at a London hospital following “a long illness.” Peter O'Toole was 81. The Irish-born O'Toole (on August 2, 1932, in Connemara, County Galway) began his film career with three supporting roles in 1960 releases: Robert Stevenson's Disney version of Kidnapped; John Guillermin's The Day They Robbed the Bank of England; and Nicholas Ray's The Savage Innocents, starring Anthony Quinn as […]


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Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Eight-Time Oscar Nominee



Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir

Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness movies: Pre-'Star Wars' Guinness runs the gamut from Dickens' Fagin to Japanese businessman romancing Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The bad news: No Alec Guinness TCM premieres or lesser-known Guinness movies, e.g., A Run for Your Money, Last Holiday, Malta Story, The Prisoner, Star Wars (kidding). The good news: Alec Guinness movies are always welcome, even when the movies themselves are unworthy of his talents – and there were quite a few of those – or when Guinness forces his characters to fit his persona (instead of the other way around), so that we're watching Alec Guinness play Alec Guinness playing some role […]


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Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir



'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Young Winston': TCM Films

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Turner Classic Movies' “Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film” continues this evening with four movies about European powers and their difficult relationship with “the Arab races”: Lawrence of Arabia, Lion of the Desert, The Four Feathers, and Young Winston. In David Lean's sprawling Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole is a much taller version of T. E. Lawrence, the Englishman who fought alongside Arabs at the time of World War I. Lawrence of Arabia won a total of seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director; it's also considered by many one of the greatest movies ever made. Personally, I find Lawrence of Arabia great-looking but much too long: 227 minutes. Also, at […]


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'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Young Winston': TCM Films



Peter O'Toole Movies: 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Last Emperor'

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday, Aug. 28., '10, TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series has only four more days to go. (See TCM's Peter O'Toole movie schedule further below.) O'Toole isn't one of my favorite actors – I usually find his acting, well, actorish – but he is one of the favorite actors of a whole lot of people. O'Toole fans, it's time to rejoice. TCM's presentation includes O'Toole's most famous film, David Lean's Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962); four other vehicles for which O'Toole received a Best Actor nomination – Becket (1964), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), and My Favorite Year (1982); […]


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Peter O'Toole Movies: 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Last Emperor'



'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'

'Avatar' set with James Cameron and Sam Worthington. Avatar inflation-adjusted domestic box office chart James Cameron's socially conscious sci-fi/fantasy/adventure mix Avatar hasn't been the top grosser at the North American box office for nearly two months. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, Avatar was initially dethroned by the Channing Tatum / Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John, followed by Garry Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day, the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island, and, for the last three weekends, Tim Burton's 3D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland. Avatar is still doing okay business, but it lost quite a bit of steam globally after Alice in Wonderland took hold of hundreds of IMAX and 3D screens. Adding insult to injury, Tim Burton's fantasy […]


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'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'





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