Gli Amanti del Deserto (1956)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Spain, USA  |  
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The Spanish-Italian swashbuckler stars Ricardo Montalban as a ruthless Arab chieftan. It is Montalban's mission in life to removed the usurping Gino Cervi from his father's throne, and he doesn't care how many throats he has to cut to achieve his goal. Along the way, he falls in love with Cervi's virtuous daughter Carmen Sevilla. It's curious that Los Amantes del Desierto contains so many torrid love scenes, since these were excised by the Spanish and Italian censors long before the film was distributed to the US as Desert Lovers. The most remarkable aspect of the film is that it was lensed on location in Egypt at a time when that country was engaged in a shooting war with several neighboring states.



restoration, throne, desert, sheik