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AFI Top 10 Challenge…Update!

August 4th, 2011 | Categories: Intern Blog

Intern: Serena

Welcome back to the Intern blog! You probably remember the time I took the AVI Top 10 Challenge. If you don’t remember, Jeff and Todd at MVP Video Production challenged me to watch 5 of the top 10 of the top 100 movies on AFI’s Top 100 Movies list! Before this challenge I’d seen 3 of the top 10: Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz (and two of those were for class assignments!)

Yesterday (and early this morning)…I watched David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole. I feel like I just spent a month in the desert.

Of all the movies I put on my “Top 5” list (Singin’ in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler’s List, and the Godfather), Lawrence of Arabia looked like the most dry movie of them all (pun totally intended). And it was a war movie.

That’s just to say, I abhor movies where thousands of people die and the hero never suffers a scratch (or movies with “Romeo and Juliet” endings!) I’m glad to say, Lawrence of Arabia didn’t fall into that category! It was more like a non-fiction film…well almost. The story is based on a true one.

I learned about a part of history I hadn’t known before. The soundtrack–which I’m playing while I type this–was stunningly enchanting! Maybe it’s morbid, but I was actually glad it began with the death of the protagonist, because I didn’t have to watch the back story and worry if he was going to die. The main character, T.E. Lawrence is not a card-board cut-out of a war hero. He’s a bookworm, well-educated, and an introvert, and he cared about the Arabs and his people. He put himself in their shoes.

I definitely recommend this movie!! 🙂 And taking the AFI Top 10 Challenge!


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