The White Sun of the Desert Reviews
One of the most famous of them all is Vladimir Motyl's "The White Sun of the Desert", in which we follow the red army soldier, Sukhov, who's after years of fighting finally can go home to his wife, Katerina. But while he wanders through the deserts of Turkmenistan, he's being stopped by a red army platoon who's chasing after the war lord, Abdullah, who works for the white army. But the reds have manage to liberate his twelve wives. But they can't bring them along, so they ask Sukhov to escort the twelve wives to the nearest village, where they can hide. But Abdullah has men everywhere.
Although White Sun of the Desert isn't so well known internationally, it's actually one of the most popular Russian films of all time. It was a successful hit, that nobody expected. It has it's own cult status. Some of the quotes have even written itself into the Russian vocabulary, like "The East is a delicate matter" or "His grenades are of a wrong caliber". In other words, White Sun of the Desert is like an eastern "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". It's also become a tradition for every cosmonaut to watch this film before every space launches, to bring good luck.
White Sun of the Desert is a wonderful combination of comedy, action and drama, with a lot of good action scenes, where Sukhov is often up against three men or more, and seems to always get out of that knot, easily. There's even some comic relief with Abdullah's twelve wives, who's wears burqas, and whom Sukhov constantly have to remind are free from the burdens of polygamy. Some comic relief does also the former czar officer Vereschagin give us, with his drinking and singing, longing back to the czarist era. But in this case I have to agree with the critics, that this film is in fact just another action, adventure escapist film, and it's suppose to be. But for me it isn't outstanding, or it's me who thought it was gonna be another Tarkovsky flick. But it's entertaining enough. Thumbs up.
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[font=Century Gothic]"White Sun of the Desert" is a rousing, fun, and old fashioned adventure film that never takes itself too seriously. There are a couple of questions concerning the Soviet intent to civilize but Said does seem like a decent sort of chap, so I'll look the other way. And I can definitely accept any anti-harem position that coincides with women being liberated.[/font]
Without really wanting it he gets a harem on his hands that he has to protect from its former owner who wants to kill them all.
We also meet a drunkard customs man who forgot about customs, traded his uniform against a couple of peacocks and spending his days drinking and singing sad songs
a neat film