The Garden of Allah Reviews
June 29, 2013
Heavy duty dramatics in beautiful color.
January 6, 2013
Starring Dietrich and Charles Boyer, this disappointing third version of the popular 1904 novel, is mostly known for its use of three-color Technicolor, which won an Oscar.
September 2, 2010
How can this wonderful film be failed! I loved it and I really think the movie is underrated. The cinematography is one of the best in history, same for the art direction, costumes and specially Marlene Dietrich! Certainly Boyer was a bad actor, but the film is incredible and the restoration it recently had, makes it look like new.
June 20, 2009
Here we have Domini (Marlene Dietrich) in the desert in love with Boris (Charles Boyer) who is a Trappist monk. They get married, and suddenly a french legionnaire who recognises Boris from the past, appears and reveals a secret about Boris. Therefor Boris leaves Domini in agony. Does is sound interesting? I'll tell you what; it isn't! Not worth watching unless you are a diehard Marlene Dietrich-fan. Despite it's all star cast with; Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, C. Aubrey Smith, John Carradine, and Basil Rathbone the movie is incredibly dull, and the whole thing just feels lazy directed, unengaging, and made by people who trust the actors stardome too much. Distustingly cheesy as well.
Not worth seeing, specially not if you are just getting custummed to Marlene Dietrich's movies.
February 2, 2007
In terms of visual beauty this movie is outstanding! I had no idea that Technicolor came out so early. Although I didn't like the ending, entire movie is fantastic and makes me wish that I was in North Africa. The cast is excellent and Marlene Dietrich is big plus and of course she is so alluring and I enjoyed watching her in this flick. Basil Rathbone is perfect in this movie. I couldn't get over the scenery and the sets... The hotel, the palm trees, the desert, it's all there... the legionnaires bring a "Beau Geste" feeling to the film. They certainly don't make movies like these anymore.
February 18, 2006
5.5/10. Tecnically it is a tremendous film, especially the cinematography. The color is excellent and it has a moving score. Great costumes. But the writing and story are very hokey, at times quite bad. But the presence of Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer help tremendously.