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Sirocco (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1951 (USA)
A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

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In 1925 Damascus Harry Smith runs guns to the rebels under Emir Hassan. The French arrest him along with others and force him to sell weapons to them. He develops an interest in French intelligence officer Feroud's mistress Violette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Beyond Casablanca... In Damascus... Destiny, in a low-cut gown, beckons from the Devil's Doorway! See more »


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Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus  »

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According to actor Jamie Farr, the movie debuted on Saturday night at the Rivoli in his home town of Toledo. Most of Toledo's Arab-American community turned out to see it. As a scene where Bogart walks though a crowded bazaar begins to fade, an Arab voice is heard shouting, "Ya hallah deen bayak!" which caused most of the audience to collapse in laughter. The non-Arabs in the house did not understand why everyone else was laughing until the line was translated for them: "Goddamn your father!" See more »

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In a very key plot point scene Balukjiaan goes to Smith's warehouse on behalf of French intelligence and tries to find out if there are any dried apricots. He uses as an excuse that he is throwing a birthday party for himself and has plenty of pilaf and pahklava, but nothing sweet for dessert. Pahklava is the Armenian name for baklava, which is a very sweet Greek and Middle Eastern dessert. Either the writers didn't know what pahklava is or the whole premise of needing dessert is mistaken. See more »

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Col. Feroud: [discussing Smith] As far as I know he's reliable, but don't trust him.
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Referenced in Play It Again, Sam (1972) See more »

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Good work by Curtis Bernhardt
11 July 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Damascus, 1925. "Harry Smith" (Bogart), a ruthless arms dealer, you need a pass to leave Damascus and has no choice but to resort to his arch rival, the French colonel "Feroud" (Lee J. Cobb), blackmails him demanding to change an important military information ...

Apparently the film follows the lines of "Casablanca" for the exotic, the war and the character "Harry Smith", which reported revenue of conflict, and that seem to support that view. But in "Sirocco" we see an interesting film director Curtis Bernhardt-("Conflict" 1945) who masterfully portrays Syrian resistance to French troops who managed one Arab state mandated by the League of Nations.

This is the context in which it develops a history of personal, emotional conflicts and the need to struggle for survival between the squalor of Damascus in each frame is sensed and its mysterious underground mazes and alleys where death seems to threaten from every shadow . Bogart's character, though typical of him, as in "Casablanca" has distinct differences, such as being less self-sufficient, and more vulnerable, more human.

"Sirocco" clearly delineates two "Harry Smith". One, selfish, interested, jealous keeper of his interests. Another, weaker, open, fearful and escape, but who still has a sense of honor can not shake.

Respect to Lee J. Cobb is an excellent actor to give form and life to unscrupulous characters or, as in this case, convoluted and inner conflicts.

The object of seduction Bogart is Marta Toren, a Swedish actress filmography weak and died as a result of mental illness and only 31 years old. Not even Ingrid Bergman, her beauty and her work to be considered meritorious.

In short, this is a good job of Curtis Bernhardt that could be framed in a variant of noir cinema,


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