Assignment for Milo’s Critical Thinking Workshop, Sunday, February 17, 2019:
As a special treat, and at a student’s recommendation, the current movie of the week is “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962).
I’m often asked what is my favorite movie is. I think that is the wrong question, for me, at least. Like food, or music, my “favorite movie” changes, daily (sometimes even hourly!), depending on a long list of changing caveats, moods, or conditions.
But if you ask me “What is the most influential, the most inspirational, or the most life changing movie you have ever seen?”…. There is only one! (We can discuss this further in class, if you are interested.)
Lawrence of Arabia!
“Lawrence of Arabia was nominated for ten Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963; it won seven in total, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Outstanding British Film. In the years since, it has been recognised as one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed. In 1991, Lawrence of Arabia was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected for preservation in the US Library of Congress National Film Registry. In 1998, the American Film Institute placed it 5th on their 100 Years…100 Movies list, and 7th on their 2007 updated list. In 1999, the British Film Institute named the film the third-greatest British film of all time.”
To play the movie….