The Black Tent

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Set in the desert, this unspectacular British film follows Charles Holland (Donald Sinden) as he travels to Libya to tidy up the affairs of his soldier brother David (Anthony Steel), killed there during WW II. In flashback, David is wounded in a tank battle and taken in by Bedouin tribesmen. The British soldier and a sheik's daughter, Mabrouka (Anna Maria...read more

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Set in the desert, this unspectacular British film follows Charles Holland (Donald Sinden) as he travels to Libya to tidy up the affairs of his soldier brother David (Anthony Steel), killed there during WW II. In flashback, David is wounded in a tank battle and taken in by Bedouin

tribesmen. The British soldier and a sheik's daughter, Mabrouka (Anna Maria Sandri), then fall in love and are permitted to marry. When he is left behind by his division, David decides to make his life among the nomads. Still full of hatred for the Germans, David persuades the sheik to help him

wage guerrilla war behind their lines. Although the campaign is a success, David is killed saving the life of his father-in-law during an ambush off a German convoy. Later, Daoud (Terence Sharkey), Mobrouka and David's half-British, half-Libyan son, must decide whether to remain in his homeland or

start a new life in Britain. Shot in Vista-Vision (which is lost on videocassette) and Technicolor in the expansive deserts of North Africa, THE BLACK TENT is visually interesting, but its relatively unconventional story isn't particularly compelling.

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