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Cannes Classics: "Once Upon a Time... Lawrence of Arabia" by Anne Kunvari

As a companion piece to the screening of restored copies of This Happy Breed by David Lean, Gamperaliya by Lester James Peries, and The Long Day's Dying (at 10:15pm) by Peter Collinson, the Cannes Classics program is showcasing Once Upon a Time... Lawrence of Arabia, a documentary by Anne Kunvari, Serge July, and Marie Genin about the famous film made by David Lean in 1962. This presentation is part of the Festival de Cannes David Lean Centennial program. The documentary focuses on contextualizing the film in its era, telling how the film made history, and how history intervenes in the lives of each of the people involved in the film, at the time when they were making it.

Serge July introduced the documentary in Salle Buñuel with these words: "Usually, the portrait of a great director is done by examining all the films he made in his career. In this case, we devoted 52 minutes to a single film, and David Lean's personality through the prism of the film, at the time when he was making it, in the early 1960s, and the fact that it was about a specific era: the Arab Revolt of 1916." Filmmaker Anne Kunvari went on to comment: "I'd like to begin by thanking Marie and Serge. It sounds very formal, but I do thank them for giving me the opportunity to make this film about Lawrence. To speak of an unexpected encounter, because as I embarked on the search for his film and his relationship to it, I discovered a man whose wounded psyche made him extremely touching and engaging. What I found so beautiful about Lawrence of Arabia is that David Lean is a man of absolute mastery. I believe that in this film, he was often overwhelmed. And that may be where the film's magic lies. He was overwhelmed by his love for the desert; his screenwriter was overwhelmed by his pacifism and anti-militarism, whereas it was a story about a soldier. I found that enchanting, these stories of being overwhelmed."

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