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Title:LOWELL THOMAS' FILM OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (re-assembled by Imperial War Museum) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 42
Summary: Alternative version of the film held as IWM 41, assembled by IWM staff to restore some approximate coherence to the material.
Description: The assembly groups the films into episodes as follows: (Reel 1) Salonika, the voyage to Egypt, the ceremony of the drums, the aeroplane flight; (Reel 2) the horse show, scenes at a 'cactus patch' location, a transport ship carrying Egyptian Labour Corps from Port Said to Jeddah, scenes at a beach location; (Reel 3) the main Lawrence material, with material on Arab cavalry and camels, and armoured cars, on a community living in rock caves, and on Feisal and Lawrence (and Thomas), ending with various parade scenes; (Reel 4) Jerusalem, camel train scenes, and lengthy coverage of British soldiers enjoying the discovery of a spilt wine keg on a road; (Reel 5) the Imperial Camel Corps, and an assembly of shots describable as local colour and general background.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 5
Footage: 5471 ft; Running time: 90 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 41 for production details and additional references.
Summary: this assembly places together film of compatible subjects or of the same location in a loose approximation to chronological order, with the intention of providing researchers with something easier to view than IWM 41. It does not aspire to recreate or restore Lowell Thomas's original film as to either chronology or narrative continuity, as no records of such an original or definitive form have been found.