Lawrence of Arabia (restored)

(UK/1962—directed by David Lean)

One of the cinema’s great visual experiences, David Lean’s sweeping biography of T. E. Lawrence, the enigmatic Englishman (Peter O’Toole) who sought to unite Arab tribes against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, was restored to Lean’s 227-minute preferred version in 1989. In 2012, the Cannes Film Festival premiered this meticulous, frame-by-frame 4K digital restoration, which IndieWire’s critic described as “glorious.” With Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness. Screened in conjunction with the DIA’s exhibition Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage, on view from October 22 through January 15, 2018. (227 min. plus intermission)

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