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Lawrence of ArabiaA Film's Anthropology$
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Steven Caton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520210820

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520210820.001.0001

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“Travelling Circus”

“Travelling Circus”

The Transnational in Film Production of the 1950s

(p.24) Chapter 1 “Travelling Circus”
Lawrence of Arabia

Steven C. Caton

University of California Press

This chapter studies the international dimensions of filmmaking, which have been widely ignored by film studies. It identifies the advantages of international filmmaking, and examines Lawrence of Arabia as an international film of the 1950s from the perspectives of the foreign government, national technical crews and extras, and the producer. It shows that Hollywood's film industry has always depended on international production. This chapter also discusses the film's reception, the film's director, David Lean, and one of the non-Western actors, Omar Sharif.

Keywords:   international dimensions, international filmmaking, international production, film's reception, Omar Sharif, David Lean

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