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Le rose del deserto (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy , War | 1 December 2006 (Italy)
A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by ... See full summary »

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Mario Monicelli
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Michele Placido ... Frate Simeone
Giorgio Pasotti ... Ten. Marcello Salvi
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Maggiore Stefano Strucchi
Fulvio Falzarano Fulvio Falzarano ... Sgt. Barzottin
Moran Atias ... Aisha
Claudio Bigagli Claudio Bigagli ... Un soldato toscano
Tiziano Scarpa Tiziano Scarpa
Nicola Acunzo Nicola Acunzo
Roberto D'Addario Roberto D'Addario
Francesco Guzzo Francesco Guzzo
Enzo Marcelli Enzo Marcelli
Giuseppe Oppedisano Giuseppe Oppedisano
Stefano Scandaletti Stefano Scandaletti
Emanuele Spera Emanuele Spera
Hermann Weiskopf Hermann Weiskopf
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A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by Italian Army in a kind of humanitarian mission. In fact all the battalion is involved to help the local population. The war anyway goes on with no regards to human feelings. The "glorious" Fascist campaign is going to became a fast retreat. Written by 1felco

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Comedy | War

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A sivatag rózsái See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Budget:

€6,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not as bad as it could seem
19 January 2007 | by erixalSee all my reviews

Although to an unprepared viewer this could seem a cheap movie, with weird acting and poor script, I think that reading it trying to get in the director's mind, with his intention clear, it deserves more respect, and at least 7 out of 10 stars.

Sure, the acting could be defined unrealistic, sometimes almost in bad taste, as some directing choices, like accelerating the appearance on screen of some characters but they also depict very well a kind of spirit of fascist Italy, the so called "Italietta", in which every Italian (officially) was proud to export his democracy and way of life and the cult of the Duce, not realizing (always, officially) that the lack of means and ideologies made him only ridiculous. This, obviously, refers also to the foreign policy of the U.S. nowadays, but i think the movie is best seen not thinking about modern politics, as it is already a nice, light, but yet profound picture of Italy seventy years ago.


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