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Great Compositions/Performances: Lawrence of Arabia title theme (live) – The BBC Concert Orchestra (dir. John Wilson)

Lawrence of Arabia title theme (live) – The BBC Concert Orchestra (dir. John Wilson)

Really wonderful to see this theme performed live at the BBC Proms 2007, just as if you were there at the original movie recording…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The film stars Peter O’Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed.[2] The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven in total including Best Director, Best Sound Editing, and Best Picture.

The film depicts Lawrence’s experiences in Arabia during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence’s emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.


Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Lean
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Screenplay by Robert Bolt
Michael Wilson
Starring Peter O’Toole
Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
Jack Hawkins
Omar Sharif
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography F.A. Young
Editing by Anne V. Coates
Studio Horizon Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 10 December 1962
Running time 222 minutes (Original release)
228 minutes[1] (1989 restoration)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $70,000,000
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