The Desert Of The Tartars

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • NR
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Strange, moody war film that takes place somewhere near the beginning of the 20th century in a large, impressive fort situated in the desert by the remains of an ancient village. The fort is filled with professional soldiers who wait in tension-filled moments for something to happen. The destroyed village was overrun by Tartars years ago, and the defenders...read more

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Strange, moody war film that takes place somewhere near the beginning of the 20th century in a large, impressive fort situated in the desert by the remains of an ancient village. The fort is filled with professional soldiers who wait in tension-filled moments for something to happen. The

destroyed village was overrun by Tartars years ago, and the defenders wait for them to return. Perrin plays a young lieutenant who wants out of this boring madness but is made ill by the dust emanating from the fort's stone walls. The young soldier is taken to the nearest village just as the

Tartars appear on the horizon, so he is denied the moment of glory for which everyone has been waiting so long. This soliloquy on the madness of war loses some power because of its excessive length; but the cast, stunning locations (mainly in Iran), and typically fine musical score by Morricone

help move things along.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: NR
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