John Oseid: PHOTOS: In Search Of The Real Lawrence Of Arabia
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Nearly a century ago, T.E. Lawrence made a name for himself with his cunning exploits in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks. Five decades ago an unknown actor named Peter O'Toole turned the British scholar/ur-guerilla into an icon. This week, fans of Lawrence of Arabia celebrate the release of the 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition, a digitally-restored, Blu-ray mega-package of David Lean's seven-time Oscar-winning bio-pic.
If unraveling fact from fiction has never been easy in Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence's sprawling memoir of his time as advisor to the Hashemite Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness), it's good fun spotting liberties in Lean's spectacular 70mm Super Panavision epic (to wit, Faisal didn't just lead the exotic, robed Bedouin horsemen of movie lore, but actual troops). Lawrence buffs can take the authenticity game all the way to Jordan, as I did recently, and trace Lawrence's tracks literally right down to the rail lines that he routinely sabotaged in h
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