Enjoy Denis Villeneuve Raving About 'Lawrence of Arabia' for Three Minutes

'Lawrence of Arabia'Credit: Columbia
What movie had the biggest impact on your life? 

Is there a particular movie that just changed who you are or fundamentally changed the way you see cinema?

For director Denis Villeneuve, that movie was Lawrence of Arabia.

As we see clips from sci-fi epic Dune and his past works, it's easy to see how a movie like this could have such an impact on the director. 

Check out this clip from TIFF Originals, and let's talk after. 

There's just something about seeing drama that massive on the big screen that can change you. The 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia is enormous and transports you to another place.

If you want to feel the power of cinema, that's it in full force. David Lean's vision is on the screen for all to see, and you can see why something like that could imprint on an entire generation of filmmakers. 

What are some movies that had that effect on you? Let us know in the comments.      

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The films that had an impact on me include Chinatown, Blue Velvet, Training Day, Heat, No Country for Old Men, Zodiac, Body Double, and Pulp Fiction to name a few.

November 11, 2021 at 7:50AM, Edited November 11, 7:50AM

AJ Whittington
Film Student/Screenwriter