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Alain Corneau (adaptation)
Alain Corneau (dialogue)
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11 May 1984 (France) See more »
French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alain Corneau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alain Corneau  adaptation
Alain Corneau  dialogue
Louis Gardel  adaptation
Louis Gardel  dialogue
Louis Gardel  novel
Henri de Turenne  adaptation
Henri de Turenne  dialogue

Produced by
Samuel Bronston .... producer
Albina du Boisrouvray .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten 
Film Editing by
Thierry Derocles 
Robert Lawrence 
Production Design by
Veniero Colasanti 
Costume Design by
Veniero Colasanti 
Rosine Delamare 
Corinne Jorry 
Production Management
Alain Artur .... unit production manager
Georges Casati .... production manager
Eric Dussart .... unit manager
Bruno François-Boucher .... unit manager (as Bruno Boucher)
Bernard Lorain .... production manager
Patrick Meunier .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Centonze .... first assistant director
Olivier Glaas .... assistant director
Olivier Horlait .... second assistant director
Eric Hubert .... third assistant director
Eric Mommeja .... assistant director
Art Department
Michèle Abbé-Vannier .... assistant art director
Louise Marzaroli .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound engineer audi
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
William Flageollet .... sound
Pierre Gamet .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Loublier .... sound re-recording mixer
Claude Villand .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Gérard Rival .... grip
Eric Thurot .... electrician
Editorial Department
Philippe Tourret .... color timer
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Xavier Gagnepain .... musician: cello solo
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Nat Peck .... orchestra director
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Other crew
Patrick Santiago Meunier .... unit manager
Fabrice Nadal .... horse master
François Nadal .... horse master

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Additional Details

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180 min | Argentina:182 min | Canada:185 min | France:154 min (cut version) | UK:175 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Anachronisms: In the Great War segment the French soldiers are wearing the Model 1926 (one-piece) Adrian helmet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Happy Easter (1984)See more »


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Breathtaking....., 4 October 2012
Author: Aidan11 from Ireland

This has to be one of my favorite films, sweeping desert scenes, the desert, always the desert. The Compagnies Sahariennes Mehariste in all their glory, battles, last stands, the French officer Saganne easily coming to terms with the harsh desert, later rather unsettled living without it. This is also autobiographical, as mentioned in "France Soldiers And Africa". The loyalty of the native troops is noticeable throughout. The meeting with the looper Capt. Baculard in the depths of the desert is memorable.... Watch out for the the ever dependable NCO Embarek, and his love of the "Aluette" song.. Desert. Colour. Forts, abound, I was not expecting the sweeping movie it is. This could well be the "Far Pavillions" of the French Africa. Look out for Saganne in the hell of the early Western Front, going to the wall map and laying his hand on his beloved West Africa. It is fitting the last scenes are of the desert. I felt drained after letting this film wash over, and carry me along French Colonial West Africa........ This movie is a French love letter to Africa........

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