The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

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Domini, an heiress who has led a cloistered life, visits the North African desert for spiritual renewal. There she meets Boris, recently escaped from a Trappist monastery. Their friendship ripens into love, but he conceals his past from her. Then in a remote oasis, they meet a man who knows his secret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They loved each other with the fierceness of those who have been denied love! See more »


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19 November 1936 (USA)  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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1.37 : 1
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Marlene Dietrich's first film in Technicolor. See more »

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As the abbot and the major are walking down the hall, the shadow of the boom microphone keeps pace with them on the lower left. See more »

Quotes

Batouch: If only I could teach you English. Its the only language low enough to describe you. Hadj... I want to go home. I hate the desert...
Hadj: I want go home. I hate desert.
Batouch: Allah be praised. At last.
[Runs to Domini]
Batouch: Madame, Madame,
Domini Enfilden: Yes, Batouch.
Batouch: Madame, Everyday we go further and further into the desolation. And, I, but, please don't think that I complain, Madame. But, its Hadj here and all the others. They're all complaining. They all want to go back. Ask him for yourself, Madame. So great is his ...
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Soundtracks

No One But God and I Know What is in My Heart
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Max Steiner
Sung offscreen by an unidentified woman at the hotel
Reprised offscreen by a chorus on the pilgrimage
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This is a very good movie
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In terms of visual beauty this movie is outstanding! I had no idea that Technicolor came out so early. Although I didn't like the ending, the entire movie is fantastic and makes me wish that I was in North Africa. The cast is excellent and Marlene Dietrich is a big plus and of course she is so alluring and I just loved her in this flick. Basil Rathbone is also perfect in this movie. I couldn't get over the scenery and the sets... The hotel, the palm trees, the desert, it's all there... the legionnaires also bring a "Beau Geste" feeling to the film. They certainly don't make movies like these anymore. Don't fail to watch this classic!


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