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Desert of the Tartars [DVD] [1976] [US Import] [NTSC] [Region 1]

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  • Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Fernando Rey, Helmut Griem, Max von Sydow, Vittorio Gassman
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: No Shame
  • Run Time: 141.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000CCD24W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Hugely impressive, beautifully filmed epic from Italy's Valerio Zurini, based on the novel by Dino Buzzati, with an all-star European (all male) cast including Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and A Woman; The Conformist), Fernando Rey (The French Connection; That Obscure Object of Desire), Helmut Griem (The Damned; Cabaret), Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, Never Say Never Again), Vittorio Gassman (Scent of a Woman) & Philippe Noiret (Murphy's War, Coup de Torchon, D'Artagnan's Daughter), amongst many others. ** The story. As his first assignment, Lieutenant Drogo (Jacques Perrin - who also produced the film) ) is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible incursion by the fearsome Tartars, coming from beyond the desert. Some fellow officers are eagerly awaiting an attack; some no longer want to believe in it; others take advantage of the vague threat to further their career. All of them are sacrificing everything -- health, youth, friends, family -- for a distant military ideal: leading the defence against the onslaught of the enemy. But in the vast emptiness surrounding the fortress, nobody has ever sighted the Tartars !. * Trivia Note; This was filmed in Iran (during the end of the Shah's rule) with much of it shot in the ancient city of Bam. The Fort in the film is actually Arg-e-Bam, the Citadel of Bam. This and the ancient town next to it were built of mud brick and straw many years ago. Tragically, a massive earthquake hit Iran in 2003 with Bam at the epicenter, so sadly today the only thing remaining of the Citadel is a huge mound of clay-brick rubble. * N.b; This widescreen release also includes the wonderful Ennio Morricone's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a bonus CD.

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4.0 out of 5 starsImaginary enemies
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5.0 out of 5 starsParable and Rumour in the Desert
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