How David Lean Created Ali’s Mesmerizing Entrance | Lawrence of Arabia

by CinemaTyler

David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia contains one of the most memorable character introductions of all time—Ali (Omar Sharif) slowly emerging from a desert mirage in an extreme wide shot. In this video essay, Tyler looks at the creative decisions that went into making the scene such a wonderful piece of cinema history and how the scene helped shape the characters of Lawrence and Ali in the film.




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