Lawrence of Arabia at Curzon, Clevedon
By Carol_Deacon | Monday, February 18, 2013, 14:29
The newly-restored version of David Lean's 1963 classic, Lawrence of Arabia (PG) is showing at the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, on Saturday afternoon, March 2.
Lawrence of Arabia
Curzon audiences voted the film their sixth favourite of all time in a poll to mark the cinema's centenary last year.
One of the screen's grandest epics, the story recounts the true life experiences of TE Lawrence.
A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks.
In a series of brilliant tactical manoeuvres, Lawrence leads 50 of Feisal's men in a three week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish held port of Aqaba.
Lawrence's triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers.
With Oscar winning cinematography, magnificent locations, Maurice Jarre's famed score and a screenplay based on Lawrence's own writings, Lawrence of Arabia is a masterpiece.
Over the years the film was heavily cut, but in 1988 a reconstruction was undertaken.
David Lean and original editor Anne V Coates then worked to create the director's cut.
It is this version that has been digitally restored, ensuring that the film will be seen as it was meant to be, for the first time since its initial release.
Curzon director Gareth Negus said: "This new digital re-release is the full version of the film, and is designed to recreate the way the film would have been originally presented in cinemas – including the overture and intermission.
"We are delighted to be able to bring this magnificent drama back to the Curzon screen for audiences old and new."
Tickets for the 2pm showing cost £5 and can be booked online by clicking HERE or by phone on 01275 871000.
The Curzon Community Cinema was first opened as The Picture House in April 1912.
Now a Grade II listed building, it has been owned since 1996 by a registered charity, the Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts, formed to buy the building and run it as a community cinema.