In an exclusive report, Iran historian Khosrow Motazed has discussed the way Britain betrays its allies.
In a series of programs called Cinema VS History hosted by ifilm, Iran veteran historian Khosrow Motazed sheds light on the reality behind some hostorical films produced by Hollywood.
‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is a very perfect movie and is always among world's 100 top films. Some A-class actors like Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy play roles in the film. In the books depicting the history of cinema ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is among the most famous films of the world. The film is made based on the life of Thomas Edward Lawrence who was so dominant on the language and the culture of people in Arabia (today Known as Saudi Arabia) He was sent on a mission to conduct Britain’s policies in that region.
According to the historian, the movie exposes the real nature of Britain and its destructive policies in its best possible way.
The movie wants to say that Arabia owes its independence to Britain while in reality it is not so. Before its independence, Arabia was under the rule of Ottoman Empire. World War I provided opportunity for them to become independent. Britain grasped the opportunity and infiltrated into the Arabia and used Lawrence as an agent to unite Arabia’s domestic tribes to destroy Ottoman Empire. In reality the unity of Arabia never happened and with the help of Britain some new countries emerged.
The flick depicts the malicious acts that Britain commits in the region specially the explosion of the railway which had been built by the money donated by different Islamic countries from around the world. The movie depicts the malicious acts that Britain did in Arabia as a Muslim country to advance its policies against Ottoman Empire.
‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was nominated for ten Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963; it won seven in total, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Outstanding British Film. In the years since, it has been recognized as one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema.