“Lawrence of Arabia” at Academy

March 22, 2023 at 6:14 pm

I had the honor of introducing David Lean’s masterful 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia at the Academy Museum’s new David Geffen Theater, a wonderful 966-seat house and the perfect place to screen a 70mm, six-track stereo print. It was part of the Academy’s Branch Selects program, whereby each branch (in this case Music) chooses a significant film for a public screening. To my surprise and pleasure, the music governors recommended me as the person who should intro the film. It was a wonderful opportunity to herald the grand-scale work of French composer Maurice Jarre; Lawrence was the first of four films he would score for the distinguished British director, and he won Oscars for three of them: Lawrence, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India.