BECKET
1964, Paramount, 148 min, UK/USA, Dir: Peter Glenville

Peter O’Toole’s first turn as Henry II sees the king immersed in a complicated friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). This exquisitely mounted historical drama earned a dozen Oscar nominations, including a win for Edward Anhalt’s adapted screenplay. With John Gielgud.


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min, UK / USA, Dir: David Lean

This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Director David Lean's masterpiece, lensed to perfection by Freddie Young and set to Maurice Jarre's majestic score, is based on the daring campaigns of real-life British military figure T.E. Lawrence during WWI. The amazing cast includes Peter O’Toole (in his first feature), Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role as Sherif Ali), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal. Made to be seen on the big screen!


LORD JIM
1965, Sony Repertory, 154 min, Dir: Richard Brooks

This vast, atmospheric adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel was aimed at recapturing the magic of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, pairing actor Peter O’Toole with a gifted director in Richard Brooks (IN COLD BLOOD) and prestigious literary material. O’Toole is perfectly cast as an idealistic sailor who is branded a coward for abandoning an apparently sinking ship during a storm - then given a chance to redeem his conscience and his soul by aiding in a native revolution in the South Pacific jungle. Equally mesmerizing are Eli Wallach as a sadistic warlord, James Mason as an avaricious mercenary and Daliah Lavi as a courageous native girl. [70mm]


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