Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
Score by: Maurice Jarre
Jarre was given just six weeks to compose two hours of orchestral music for Lawrence.The score was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Although Sir Adrian Boult is credited as the conductor of the score in the film’s credits, he was unable to conduct most of the score, due in part to his failure to adapt to the intricate timings of each cue, and Jarre replaced him as the conductor. The score went on to garner Jarre his first Academy Award for Music Score—Substantially Original and is now considered one of the greatest scores of all time, ranking number three on the American Film Institute’s top twenty-five American film scores.
The Voice of the Guns – Kenneth Alford
Lawrence of Arabia is a landmark in the history of film, and debateably the greatest epic of all time.
Directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson.
The film depicts Lawrence’s experiences in Arabia during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence’s emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his personal identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.
Starring: Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, Omar Shariff, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quail and Jack Hawkins.
Upon its release, Lawrence was a huge critical and financial success and it remains popular among viewers and critics alike. The striking visuals, dramatic music, literate screenplay and superb performance by Peter O’Toole have all been common points of acclaim and the film as a whole is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Its visual style has influenced many directors, including George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, who called the film a “miracle”
- Maurice Jarre, 1924-2009 (somecamerunning.typepad.com)