Desert of the Tartars (Il Deserto dei Tartari)
- Italy/France/Iran/West Germany
- 150 min
- Directed by: Valerio Zurlini
- Written by: Jean-Louis Bertuccelli
- Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Jacques Perrin, Helmut Griem
- Language: Italian
Zurlini's final film, an adaptation of Dino Buzzati's novel, was shot entirely within the two thousand year-old Persian citadel of Bam. Focusing on periods of inaction and conflated bureaucracy mostly neglected by filmmakers in the examination of war, Zurlini's 1907-set film stars Jacques Perrin as Drogo, a lieutenant assigned to an isolated fortress on the edge of the desert. This enigmatic, slow, bombastic and unforgettable film is a fitting swan song for this unique director.
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