Jun. 3rd, 2013

Every time someone stares at Lawrence, imagine him saying "Gee I wish I had a dress like that."

Which, given Lia's translation of the line suggests one can ship anyone / everyone in the movie with Lawrence. (Especially the Arabs and most especially Sherif Ali.)

Of course, it's arguable, given his curious personal history, that that may have been the filmmakers' intent.

I remember watching this as a kid and having to come to terms with how quickly and easily Ali changes from a terrible murdering stranger to Lawrence's dearest and closest friend. And it is all in the way he stares at Lawrence. Everyone stares at Lawrence, but Ali stares differently every time.

Of course, Ali is the one who gave him the dress.

(Imagine this all slightly aggressive.)

Auda: That man is your friend?

Ali: Take your hand away.

Auda: You love him.

Ali: No, I fear him.

Auda: Then why do you weep?

Ali: If I fear him, who love him, then how must he fear himself, who hates himself? ...Take your hand away, Hawitat!

Auda: Oh so you are not entirely a politician, then.

Ali: (glance toward the room where he left Lawrence) Not yet.

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