A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia is a Made for TV movie from 1990 depicting the events involving T. E. Lawrence and Emir Feisal at the Paris peace conference following the end of World War I. The film stars Ralph Fiennes (in his first film role) as T. E. Lawrence, Alexander Siddig (then credited as Siddig El-Fadil) as Feisal, Denis Quilley as Lord Curzon and Nicholas Jones as Lord Dyson.
The film was produced in 1990, a year after David Lean\'s original historic epic \"Lawrence of Arabia\" was re-released to theatres. It serves as a sort of unofficial sequel to the 1962 film, as it depicts the events which happened after the Great War.
It continues with Feisal\'s arrival at the Paris post-war peace conference cum “division of war booty”--delayed by French diplomats uncertain of his intentions-- and Lawrence joining his negotiating staff despite attempts by the French (and British) to exclude the Arabs altogether. (The only country portrayed sympathetically is the United States, with Woodrow Wilson’s dictum to let the locals decide for themselves: hard to tell whether this is factual or fictional.) Lawrence defends Feisal’s claim by citing previous British offerings to Feisal’s father in a “secret letter” and their mutual triumphant march into Damascus against the Turks. Feisal\'s main demand is for Syria for himself and the Arabs, made harder by France, and its previous public colonial agreements with Great Britain. Lawrence\'s new-gained popularity after WWI poses further complication, as popular movie shows promote the blue-eyed and \"Uncrowned King of Arabia\" instead of its actual ruler, Feisal. Personal egos are bruised and strains the war-time friendship between the two. As Euro-centric negotiations reach a peak, Lawrence is called away to his dying father’s bedside, though arrives too late to see him alive, and leaves again too soon to see him buried. As he say to Feisel after his return to Paris, “What more can I do for you?” Throughout the film, Lawrence works on what would later become his life\'s work \"Seven Pillars of Wisdom\".
Just as it was hinted at in the end of David Lean\'s film, the European politicians would not do justice to the promises Lawrence made to Feisal during the Arab campaign. France emphasised her interests in Syria and thus denied the Arabs one of the lands they had conquered. Towards the end of the film, while watching a workman handling petroleum, Lawrence even makes the very contemporary statement that \"it\'s all about oil\".
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