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by Valerio Zurlini


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...

international title: The Desert of the Tartars
original title: Il deserto dei tartari
country: Italy, France, Georgia
year: 1976
genre: fiction
directed by: Valerio Zurlini
film run: 140'
screenplay: André G. Brunelin, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, Valerio Zurlini
cast: Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma
cinematography by: Luciano Tovoli
film editing: Franco Arcalli, Raimondo Crociani
art director: Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni
costumes designer: Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni, Sissi Parravicini
producer: Michelle de Broca, Bahman Farmanara, Mario Gallo, Enzo Giulioli, Jacques Perrin, Giorgio Silvagni
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