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

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.