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WATCH: Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage from 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2014 at 10:30AM

What a discovery. The UK's Huntley Film Archives has recovered rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of David Lean's wonderful 1962 desert epic "Lawrence of Arabia."
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On the set of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
On the set of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

What a discovery. The UK's Huntley Film Archives has recovered rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of David Lean's wonderful 1962 desert epic "Lawrence of Arabia." 

Late British journalist Ludavic Kennedy narrates a reel of director Lean, star Peter O'Toole and producer Sam Spiegel on-location in the Middle East, where this WWI-era military masterwork -- as psychological, to this day, as it is physical -- goes down in glorious Panavision. The footage is in pretty raw shape, but it's neat to see the making of a real studio epic unfold. They don't make 'em like they used to.

Thanks to Cinephilia & Beyond for bringing the clip to our attention. As for "Lawrence of Arabia" the film, see it in a theater if you can.

This article is related to: Peter O'Toole, Video, Lawrence of Arabia


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