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Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

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Works of T. E. Lawrence which were used as background for Lawrence of Arabia included Seven Pillars of Wisdom (London, 1926) and its abridgement, Revolt in the Desert (London, 1927), The Diary of T. E. Lawrence, MCMXI (London, 1937) and The Letters of T. E. Lawrence (London, 1938). The film opened in London in December 1962. Portions of the film were shot on location in Saudi Arabia. Michael Wilson, who was blacklisted in the 1950s, did not receive screen credit for co-writing the screenplay with Robert Bolt. His credit was restored by the WGA in 1978 and in 1984 he was awarded an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, an honor which had initially been bestowed solely on Bolt. In video versions of the film, Wilson and Bolt are both credited with the screenplay. In 2007, Lawrence of Arabia was ranked 7th on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies-10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films, moving down from the 5th position it occupied on AFI's 1997 list.