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February 06, 2021

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The photo is of T. E. Lawrence.

On a related note: What do you think of the "director's cut" of the movie LAWRENCE OF ARABIA? What I saw was well over four hours long. And, yes, I enjoyed every minute of it.

David Lean was one of Britain's greatest directors. His black-and-white film of Dickens's GREAT EXPECTATIONS was my introduction to his work. I still have not recovered from its initial impact on me.

Thank you for your comment(s), Dr. Hitchener. You're right, of course, that it is a photo of T. E. Lawrence. I love David Lean though my own favorite of his films is "The Bridge on the River Kwai." Lean is certainly among the all-time great British directors. The more I learn about Lawrence, the more ambiguous a character he is.

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