Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Lawrence of Arabia' Next FOLA Movie, Feb. 2

"Lawrence of Arabia" will be the next '1st Thursday' movie sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.  Considered one of the greatest film adventures ever made, the film tells the story of an inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence as he 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 Dorset at the age of 46, 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.  The movie stars Peter O'Toole as Lawrence with Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, and Arthur Kennedy.  Pictured above in a scene from the film are Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif.  The movie is free; donations are appreciated.  For information, call 228-7239.

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