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The Desert of the Tartars

The Desert of the Tartars

A Feature film by Valerio Zurlini

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 12/01/1977

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Actors (11)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Galatée Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Les Acacias

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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...

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Full credits (15)

Executive Producers :

Jacques Perrin, Michelle de Broca, Giorgio Silvagni, Enzo Giulioli

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, André G. Brunelin

Screenwriters :

André G. Brunelin, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli

Director of Photography :

Luciano Tovoli

Production Manager :

Enzo Giulioli

Production Designer :

Giancarlo Bartoloni-salimbeni

Costume designer :

Giancarlo Bartoloni-salimbeni

Location Manager :

Régis Wargnier

Assistant Director :

Christian de Chalonge

Author of original work :

Dino Buzzati

Co-producer :

Michelle de Broca

Sound Recordist :

Bernard Bats

Editor :

Raimondo Crociani

Music Composer :

Ennio Morricone

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

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Feature film

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Literary adaptation , Drama

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100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 18 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)