A sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism.
Roger Ebert once said of his DVD copy of Lawrence of Arabia: "it crouches inside its box like a tall man in a low room." More than nearly any other film that carelessly self-applies the word "epic," David Lean's masterpiece of bravery and madness demands to be seen in the cinema. The film is a celebration of awe-inspiring sights captured in the crisp beauty of 70mm. 3D films look bruised and anemic compared to images of the sun rising in the desert or the mad siege of the city of Aqaba, where each billowing grain of sand and rippling heat wave is rendered in impeccable detail.