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½ September 21, 2015
Lion of the Desert possesses several problems that generally prove to be staples of historical epics (thinly-drawn characters, overwhelmingly bloated length, well-trod narrative dynamic focusing on a rebellion and an evil empire), and makes several ethical missteps by casting white actors to play Libyan historical icons. That being said, there are poignant moments, such as the intercutting of actual footage of Libyan concentration camps and the several excellently staged battle sequences. Flawed as it may be (there's no excuse for its nearly four hour running time), Lion of the Desert still effectively deconstructs the effects of Italian fascism and powerfully condemns western imperialism; these are enough to make it a success.
August 27, 2015
One of the great war/biography movies of our time. Perfect authentic picture with detailed weapons, equipment and military/local costumes of early 20th century. Perfect film/sound editing and great special effects with thousands of stunts at war scenes. Emotional Music by Maurice Jarre enriches the dramatic scenes of people's sufferings during war. Stunning performance by Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas, Raf Vallone, Rod Steiger, John Gielgud, Gastone Moschin, Stefano Patrizi, Adolfo Lastretti, Sky du Mont and the great courageous youth characters of Rodolfo Bigotti and Eleonora Stathopoulou.
November 12, 2013
Lion of the Desert isn't Lawrence of Arabia, but it's a very strong, reliable, beautifully crafted, precisely acted, and often intoxicating story of man, war, and the conflict between barbaric imperialism and spiritually based nationalism. Inside is a classic tale of rebellion, but the film draws its focus towards the men who would lead each side, culminating in a fabulous sequence between stars Anthony Quinn and Oliver Reed. It's a film that's certainly not a significant presence on the broad movie watching public's radar, but it's a film deserving of a wider audience and greater admiration.
March 10, 2013
One man lead resistance against the imperialist designs of the Italian dictator--A historical masterpiece!!
February 27, 2013
This film is made on a grand scale to make it a true epic. Omar Mukthtar's few months of life before his death in the battle is shown in this film. He is a Libyan hero who fights the Italian invasion with his army. He makes the heavily armed Italians flee with his brain and power. He like all men are cheated and towards the end the viewer recognizes with grief that Omar will be slain.
December 8, 2012
A veces pienso que, considerando todas las cosas terribles que los europeos hicieron y el sufrimiento al que sometieron a los pueblos que conquistaron o trataron de conquistar fuera de Europa, eran justos merecedores de todo el sufrimiento y las cosas terribles que ellos mismos vivieron durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
November 4, 2012
one of my favorite childhood movies..... amazing movie!!!
August 20, 2012
good epic in the vein of 'lawrence of arabia'
August 4, 2012
A beautiful sad story of one of the greatest heroes of the past century!
March 20, 2012
The Best of the best
January 26, 2012
Underrated epic war movie on the end of Libya's resistance to Italy. Everything works and best of all the history is not even that far off. Oliver Reed makes for a great villain, combing charisma with a ruthless drive. The part where the tanks run people over is gruesome and horrifying.
September 18, 2011
Hats off to Omar Mukhtar for such a brilliant rebellion,also to Moustapha Akkad so sad he got killed.
September 5, 2011
Masterpiece!!! hats off to Omar Mukthakar for such a brilliant rebellion! Highly recommended.
August 23, 2011
Very cool film describes and shows the brutality of the Berber Italians
What he suffered Alepien can not be described in the film only
History alone will remain a witness to the war, massacres, torture, colonialism, and steal the wealth of the people and rape women and kill children and the elderly
Do you think the passage of time does not heal the wounds and a thousand not to wound but will be judged between us is
Not only Libya, but all the countries that colonized to the present day
August 5, 2011
its such a grea8 movie.i like very much
½ July 13, 2011
Loved this movie, learned so much from it. I didn't really know anything about how Libya was occupied by Italian fascists during WW1. I didn't realize they had concentration camps back then. Saw this on TCM, it was introduced by a professor of Arabian studies, who thought this was the most sympathetic movie towards the Arabian people ever made. It's the only film that shows children being peaceful taught the Koran. Since the Libyans financed the movie, it was branded as propaganda, so it didn't get good reception or distribution. Really, who else was going to tell this story? It was banned in Italy because they couldn't deal with their past, and the professor said it was very historically accurate. Glad I stayed up for it, I never would have heard about it otherwise. Sad, but interesting and moving.
May 27, 2011
A powerful film about the fight for freedom
½ March 27, 2011
the LION of the desert......who fought for Libya's freedom
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