In The Making Of David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia, Adrian Turner describes Lawrence as a man who ‘would never come to terms with his homosexuality, and sought ways to suppress it’. Turner adds that, when the film version was in production, screenwriter Michael Wilson was not paying much attention to Lawrence’s sexuality. Wilson was more concerned with the theme of colonialism vs nationalism, and Lawrence’s scholastic pursuits.
This clearly displeased Lean, who wanted to paint more of a controversial character study, albeit on a large canvas, than Wilson had so far achieved. As far as one can judge from Wilson’s notes, Lean had two overriding concerns - Lawrence’s sexual make-up, and the scene that he would film in Petra. As far as the former is concerned, Wilson noted that Lean had, revealingly, compared the Lawrence-Ali relationship to Brief Encounter.
Years later, after the restored version of the film was released, Lean said that he had addressed Lawrence’s sexuality (the credited screenwriter was Robert Bolt, not Wilson): 'The whole story, and certainly Lawrence, was very, if not entirely, gay. We thought we were being very daring at the time, Lawrence and Omar, Lawrence and the Arab boys.'
“Another favorite of mine was actually filmed during World War II—Brief Encounter. This one deals with love. And of course there are many kinds of love. One, I suppose, the best kind, I think, is to find someone to love who reciprocates your love. I’m really the marrying kind. And I love being married to Cindy, who, incidentally, happens to be a very fine filmmaker. But another kind of love is to love hopelessly, to love someone you can never have, the awful sweetness of longing for the unattainable, that strange and blissful frustration. Brief Encounter, so gorgeously acted, so lovingly directed, is the finest film ever depicting that kind of love. Both heartbreaking and romantic.”
“I love you. I love your wide eyes, the way you smile, your shyness, and the way you laugh at my jokes. I love you. I love you. You love me too. It’s no use pretending it hasn’t happened cause it has.”