Academy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of "Lawrence of Arabia"
Beverly Hills, CA (June 28, 2012) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the U.S. premiere of a new digital restoration of Columbia Pictures' 1962 Best Picture winner "Lawrence of Arabia" on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 50th anniversary screening will feature the director's cut of the film, with an introduction by Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures' executive vice president in charge of film restoration, and a special video message from Oscar®-nominated actor Omar Sharif. Digitally restored by Sony Pictures Colorworks, the film will be presented from a newly created 4K Digital Cinema Package.
David Lean's epic biography of adventurer T.E. Lawrence, based upon Lawrence's book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom," was shot in exotic locations in Jordan, Morocco and Spain in 65mm (nearly two times as wide as standard 35mm film stock), and printed and presented in Super Panavision 70. The screening is part of the Academy's summer-long celebration of the large format theatrical experience at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
"Lawrence of Arabia" earned a total of 10 Academy Award® nominations and won seven awards. In addition to the Best Picture award, it received Oscars® for Color Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni), Color Cinematography (Fred A. Young), Directing (Lean), Film Editing (Anne Coates), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Maurice Jarre), Sound (Shepperton Studio Sound Department, John Cox, sound director), and nominations for Best Actor (Peter O'Toole), Actor in a Supporting Role (Sharif), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson).
Tickets for "Lawrence of Arabia" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased starting July 2 online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.