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Lawrence of Arabia Arabia set a new standard for movie epics David Leans sweeping magisterial direction the gnomic complexity of the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson and the awe-inspiring cinematography by Freddie Young combined to make this a thinking persons spectacular Peter OTooles intense charismatic performance in the title role vaulted him to stardom he has never been better than as the British army officer who becomes a leader of Arab warriors The films searching analysis of TE Lawrences tortured psyche his ambivalent heroism and his descent into the horrors of bloodlust repay frequent viewings Shortened after its initial release Lawrence was restored to its full incandescent glory When analyzing Lawrence of Arabia the key feature to is the role of blocking and character placement on the screen David Leans technique is very important in understanding Lawrences progress in his journey of self discovery When analyzing the screen the dominant character is on the left-hand side This character has control confidence and feels comfortable in the situation The right-hand side is known as the subordinate side This character feels uncomfortable and weaker Lawrence will shift from the subordinate side to the dominant as his journey progresses Another aspect to a film is the soundtrack This emphasizes scenes and adds a dramatic element to the film For example the tempo of the music may quicken when a battle starts This will make the audience feel involved in the scene as a first hand observer of the event Another feature of film technique is the use of the camera Panning long shots or close ups will emphasize certain elements of an object or a character Long shots of the sun show the heat power and ruthless pain it inflicts on the travelers in the desert Close ups of characters faces give the
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