He was the most extraordinary man The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day ever knew!
Published at: Sept. 1, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic!
It must have been about 8 or 9 years ago when I finally saw LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. I had purposefully put off seeing the film in my teenage years because I wanted to experience it the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen.
I found myself in Los Angeles when a newly remastered print was floating around and I ended up seeing it in 70mm at the Cineramadome in Hollywood. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen more than a few 70mm presentations in my time, but that experience stands out. The print was gorgeous, the movie was the gold standard of epic studio filmmaking and goddamn did it fill out the entire enormous Cineramadome screen, edge to edge.
Also, Jack Black was the guy in front of me buying tickets and I got to tell him how much of a Tenacious D fan I was during the intermission as we stood in line for concessions.
What’s there to say about this film that hasn’t already been said by men and women much smarter than I? Peter O’Toole has given us many great performances, but his T.E. Lawrence will always be the high water mark of his career. He’s young, brimming with charisma and an edginess that makes him slightly unpredictable.
Mix that leading performance for the ages with David Lean’s genre-setting direction and eye for shots (everybody tries to make David Lean deserts, but none have fully succeeded) and you get one of the best films to ever be put upon the silver screen.
Below is a picture of Sir O’Toole between takes. Click for the bigger version! Enjoy!
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Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic explores strange new worlds, seeks out new life and new civil-eye-zay-shuns!
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