The Astor Theatre is proud to present the 50th Anniversary, super high definition 4K digital restoration of Lawrence of Arabia. Scanned at 8K from 65mm separation masters, and projected through our Barco 4K digital projection plant, with uncompressed 5.1 surround sound copied from the original master mix down tapes, this new digital version of the much loved Lawrence is as true to the original source materials as digital can get.
A film once screened in 70mm ( Australia had its own 70mm print of LOA but it was sent to Korea on loan and unfortunately had Korean subtitles burnt into the print, rendering it unusable in Australia again) – we are pleased to present a two-week season of this screen great.
Based on the real life of T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer who helped lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, David Lean’s epic screen adaptation, often touted as the greatest movie ever made, is a film that demands to be seen on the BIG screen. Filmed on location in Jordan, Morocco and Spain and bringing together performances from Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif, Lawrence is Lean’s true masterpiece. An absolute Astor SuperScreen must-see, as David Lean always intended, in glorious theatrical surrounds. Won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role. An absolute Astor SuperScreen must-see. TJ
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.