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The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
"Il deserto dei tartari" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  29 October 1976 (Italy)
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As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Filimore
Giuliano Gemma ...
Mattis
Helmut Griem ...
Lieutenant Simeon
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General
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Drogo
Francisco Rabal ...
Tronk
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Nathanson
Laurent Terzieff ...
Amerling
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Le médecin-major Rovin
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Hortiz
Shaban Golchin Honaz ...
Soldat Lazare
Giuseppe Pambieri ...
Lieutenant Rathenau
Bryan Rostron
Kamran Nozad ...
Capitaine Sern
Manfred Freyberger ...
Caporal Montagne
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As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible incursion by the fearsome Tartars, coming from beyond the desert. Some fellow officers are eagerly awaiting an attack; some no longer want to believe in it; others take advantage of the vague threat to further their career. All of them are sacrificing everything -- health, youth, friends, family -- for a distant military ideal: leading the defence against the onslaught of the enemy. But in the vast emptiness surrounding the fortress, nobody has ever sighted the Tartars... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Le desert des Tartars  »

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In West Germany and other countries the film was released under titles which mean translated back "The Desert of the Tatars". Obviously the editors in these countries missed that the original title does not refer to the actual Tatarian people but to the ancient Greek-Roman mythological "Tartars" (from the ancient Greek word "tartaros"). So "Tartars" in this context is not an outdated spelling of "Tatars", but an intended metaphor referring to the historical idea, that there are a people "coming from hell". See more »

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Drogo: I was sent here by mistake.
Le médecin-major Rovin: Here or elsewhere, we're all somewhere by mistake.
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An Italian masterpiece
1 May 2000 | by (italy, milan) – See all my reviews

From the great Italian book "il Deserto dei Tartari" by Dino Buzzati - one of the masters of European 20th century - Valerio Zurlini managed this strange film with a great cast of characters. In a lost fort named Bastiano in the heart of an unknown dessert some soldiers are waiting for an attack to give a sense to their life.

This is the story of a great part of us and this is what Buzzati thought. The life of Giovanni Drogo (Giuliano Gemma) - young lieutenant - is inside the fort like our life is inside something perhaps more immaterial but very similar.


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