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The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 19 November 1936 (USA)
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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Trivia

Gilbert Roland was originally cast as Boris Androvsky. See more »

Goofs

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

Domini Enfilden: We'll be very happy if you join us for dinner.
Capt. De Trevignac: With pleasure, Madame. Of course I realize that all this is happening, but, I can't quite believe it. And so short a time ago, we hadn't even - water, to drink.
Domini Enfilden: And now you shall have - champagne. We'll be waiting for you.
Capt. De Trevignac: Champagne!
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Referenced in A Star Is Born (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6
(1825)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Played on an organ at the wedding
Reprised as background music in the desert
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Dietrich and Boyer in Technicolor heaven...
3 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Early Technicolor, subdued and with shadows playing over the wide stretches of sand and silk (Dietrich's wide array of costumes), is the real star of this desert opus that should fascinate any student of cinematography interested in exploring David O. Selznick's use of color a few years before GONE WITH THE WIND.

MARLENE DIETRICH strikes some awesome poses and looks stunning in all of her close-ups and CHARLES BOYER is a suitably romantic figure as he copes with a secret unknown to her--he's a man hiding his past as a monk. She's searching for true love after a girlhood devoted to her sick father and Boyer seems to be the living embodiment of her ideal.

It's all so unreal and yet it's hard to turn away from the gorgeous colors and not be drawn into the story. When things get too dull, there's always Basil Rathbone, Joseph Schildkraut and C. Aubrey Smith in the supporting cast to bring some added color to the tale.

It's Technicolor heaven for Dietrich's fans and to top it all there's a nice Max Steiner score in the background. None of it can be taken seriously but it has its compensations from a visual standpoint.


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