The Desert of the Tartars(EM Retro)
The young lieutenant is stationed in a remote desert fortress to defend against the invasion of the ferocious Tartars who eventually realises that the enemies awaiting them are absurdity and emptiness. Like Sisyphus, the officers are eroded by desolation and military rituals; they spend their life waiting for Godot. Being drowned in the immortal river of time, the triumphant horns finally halt while the complex emotions contained by music linger. Filmed in the ancient city of Bam, Iran, the film offers viewers a glimpse of the magnificent ancient city before it was devastated by the earthquake.
Valerio Zurlini
Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma
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140 minutes
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