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HDNet Movies has announced the high definition premiere of the classic movie Lawrence of Arabia on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 6:15pm ET.
The 1962 movie won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director (David Lean). Peter O’Toole was also nominated for Best Actor and Omar Sharif was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
During the First World War, British officer T.E. Lawrence accomplished what many would have considered impossible: he brought embattled Arab tribes together in a "united front" against the Germans. The movie examines Lawrence's emotional struggles with violence in war (especially the conflicts between Arabic tribes and the slaughter of the Turkish army), his personal identity and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army, and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.
The American Film Institute ranked Lawrence of Arabia as the seventh greatest movie of all time in 2007, and it has been listed on quite a few of AFI's "greatest" and "most..." rankings. It is rated #32 on the IMDb Top Movies list.
The HDNet Movies web site lists the following showtimes for the movie:
- Sun, Feb 10th - 6:15 PM ET / 3:15 PM PT
- Mon, Feb 11th - 12:30 AM ET / Sun, Feb 10th - 9:30 PM PT
- Sat, Feb 16th - 2:15 PM ET / 11:15 AM PT
- Wed, Feb 20th - 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT
- Sun, Feb 24th - 5:00 AM ET / 2:00 AM PT
- Thu, Feb 28th - 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
While Roger Ebert has said that this movie can be appreciated best in its full glory in a movie theater playing in 70mm, such opportunities are few and far between. Seeing it at home in HD (and hopefully on the largest screen possible) will help those of us not fortunate enough to have seen this classic in its original splendor to appreciate it the best way possible.
See it on the big screen, in 70mm!
If you happen to live near Seattle, Washington, or are willing to travel, the Seattle Cinerama Theatre (aka AMC Cinerama 1) will be showing the movie in 70mm on March 16, 18, 23, and 25. You can check out the showtimes and purchase tickets for the show by visiting the theater's showtimes page for 3/16/2008. From there, you can navigate to the other dates.
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