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.