sunday post: famous movies
Sunday, June 17: Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post for this week is Famous Movies. He writes: A motion picture is a series of images that are projected onto a screen to create the illusion of motion. Motion pictures—also called movies, films, or the cinema—are one of the most popular forms of entertainment, enabling people to immerse themselves in an imaginary world for a short period of time. But movies can also teach people about history, science, human behavior, and many other subjects. Some films combine entertainment with instruction, to make the learning process more enjoyable. In all its forms, cinema is an art as well as a business, and those who make motion pictures take great pride in their creations.
Here are a few pictures of Wadi Rum in Jordan. This is one of the settings for the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia. According to The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations: Lawrence of Arabia Film Locations, “the real visual splendour of Lawrence lies in its breathtaking desertscapes, which were filmed in Jordan. The camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), and the well where Lawrence first gets his Arab drag, are the spectacular red cliffs of Wadi Rumm, twenty miles north of the Gulf of Aqaba.”
The film Lawrence of Arabia was partially filmed here and contributed not only to the legend of the man who took part in the Arab revolt but also shone a spotlight on Wadi Rum itself.
Below is a picture of Lawrence’s Spring, where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly washed during the Arab Revolt. The Arab Revolt took place from 1916-1918 and was initiated with the aim of securing independence from the ruling Ottoman Turks and creating a single unified Arab state spanning from Aleppo in Syria to Aden in Yemen. Young officer Captain T.E. Lawrence was sent by the British government in Egypt to work with the Hashemite forces in the Hejaz in October 1916. The British historian David Murphy wrote that through Lawrence was just one of out many British and French officers serving in Arabia, historians often write like it was Lawrence alone who represented the Allied cause in Arabia.
To read about my trip to Wadi Rum, please visit a day in the red desert of wadi rum.