I watched "Lawrence of Arabia" for the first time recently. I had resisted watching it because of the length (3 1/2 hours) and because it looked BORING. But I figured that I had to take my medicine and watch it.
It's really good. REALLY good. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's a classic. There. I said it.
Like "Citizen Kane," LofA feels contemporary...it's engaging, it's beautiful, it's complex...it's NOT boring. I am ashamed I waited so long to watch it, though I have finally rectified my error. Now I'm going to have to watch "Gone With the Wind," another shameful omission in my film education. Anybody out there want to admit to omissions in YOUR film education?