“Nothing is written.”

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An evening pause: In memory of Peter O’Toole. From Lawrence of Arabia (1962): “Nothing is written.”


One comment

  • Phil Berardelli

    Imagine working in what was perhaps the greatest movie ever made — and possibly the greatest that ever will be made, because virtually every scene, every shot, was done using real landscapes, real light and real people. Next, imagine playing what is arguably the greatest film role ever created, and playing that role unforgettably. And last, imagine you did all of this as your screen debut. That was Peter O’Toole. But as with so many geniuses, although he played many fine subsequent roles, O’Toole never equaled his achievement in “Lawrence of Arabia.” It is to the Motion Picture Academy’s everlasting shame that they did not award him the Best Actor Oscar. The winner that year, Gregory Peck, was excellent in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But O’Toole was immense. His was a performance for the ages.

    Incidentally, I don’t like watching video clips of the movie, because video cannot convey the experience of seeing “Lawrence” on the big — emphasis on “big” — screen. As an alternative, I offer this interview with Steven Spielberg, talking about the effect the film had on him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OX3bqRemW8U

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