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A Year: Day to Day Men: 10th of December, Solar Year 2017

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December 10th turned out to be an amazing day for film viewers.

On December 10, 1962, David Lean’s film “Lawrence of Arabia”, based on the life of Thomas Edward Lawrence, premiered at Odeon Leicester Square Academy. The epic historical drama is considered one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. The desert scenes were shot in Jordan and Morocco, as well as Almeria and Doñana in Spain. During the filming of the Aqaba scene, Peter O’Toole was nearly killed when he fell from his camel, but it fortunately stood over him, preventing the horses of the extras from trampling him. Coincidentally, a very similar mishap befell the real Lawrence at the Battle of Abu El Lissal in 1917. The film was nominated for ten Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963; it won seven in total including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score.

On December 10, 1978, “Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Magot Kidder, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC.

“Out of Africa” based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, premiered in Los Angeles on December 10th, 1985. This film won Best Picture at the Awards in 1986.

On December 10th, 2001, “The Fellowship of the Ring” directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premiered in London at the Odeon Leicester Square Theater. It became the second highest-grossing film for that year in the US and worldwide. In 2007, the film was voted Number 50 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Film

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