65mm negative of Lawrence of Arabia
So delicate. Its bizarre color is subject to the ravages of dye fading over a period of time. The camera negative of Lawrence of Arabia had been abused and neglected for over two and a half decades. Producing a respectable looking print had become impossible, not to mention the dozens upon dozens of cuts made to produce an ever shorter running time. Fortunately the management of Columbia Pictures agreed with film restorer Robert A. Harris that Lawrence needed to be saved. Also, most fortunately, David Lean was eager to help put the film back together and to do some editing he'd been unable to finish before the film's premiere in 1962.
Fans of Lawrence of Arabia and other David Lean films may be interested in Milan Concerts' Maurice Jarre: A Tribute to David Lean a two disc CD/DVD package with Jarre conducting his music from "Lawrence", "Doctor Zhivago", "Ryan's Daughter", and "A Passage to India". The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provides a very cinematic tour de force performance. Not for sale here, so check with your favorite music/DVD provider for availability.
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Martin Hart, Curator