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Love In The Desert!
- Raymond Banacki
This film is one of the great examples of "l'amour fou" - a kind of crazed love that cannot be denied. The stars, Marlena Dietrich and Charles Boyer, actually bring a layer of spirituality to the insanity. Of its' kind, absolute perfection, and, of course, it is breathtakingly lovely in 3-strip Technicolor.
Would've Chucked Boris,Gone For Count Anteoni
Boyer was not a good Boris.Basil would've rocked that part.Oberon-P U!Not a good fit.Maybe Vivien Leigh would've been good.Dietrich's daughter was in one convent scene.No wonder the cast partied on location-hot as Hades,poisoned water supply,cast fainting from the heat!Still,this movie is a guilty pleasure due to a supersmoking hot Basil.
Quite A Story
Wish there'd been less Alan Marshall and more Basil Rathbone.His story/part is more important in the book,as he makes it possible for Domini to remain in the desert.
The physical setting of this movie, the beauty of the desert, the magnificent color and the people of the region...unmatched for its time in movie history, 1936, the script typical of the era. I felt the movie was well cast...Boyer's tragic face was perfect as the lost monk...Marlene beautiful...As I lived in Cairo to attend college for a year, it brought back many memories, sights and smells and yes horseback rides across the desert sands at daybreak. I have already emailed a friend to watch it as she visited Egypt 2 years ago...and still speaks of the desert's spell.
Baz Belonged With Dietrich In Film
My fav scenes with The Baz.Still like this film even if panned.Great cast,should've been better flick,but still a guilty pleasure.The Baz in bolero jacket,HOT!
Behind My Camel
This film deserves to be treated as mere camel dung.Basil should be Boris,but is the best performance in an okay script of far better novel.He rules as Count Anteoni,too bad he only has Brit accent.Oh,how Boyer's toupee suffered in the AZ heat,but at least everyone partied hearty.Must've put away a few bottles of Boris brew.
I Still Love This Film,Believable Or Not
This is a guilty pleasure for me,a hunky Rathbone and hammy Schildkraut,gorgeous Brandon.Why does Carradine steal his scene?To me,he was little distinction,like cabaret patrons.It should've been so much more,but can see why cast suffered until production moved back to Hollyweird.Baz and Marlene look more like a couple than she & Chaz
Drink,Drink and Be Marry in the desert
Basil makes this an attraction for me,sorry I see him as Boris,but love the Count.Schildkraut fun.Heard the leads partied hearty and ticked off his Highness in Hollywood.Also heard they all suffered in Yuma heat,poisoned water supply.And fair effort at a script.
It is so easy to see why this film won the Academy Award for Cinematography! The desert scenes, the people and, most of all, the photography of Marlene Dietrich in her role are breathtaking. My husband walked in while I was viewing this film for the umpteenth time and exclaimed "Marlene never looked so beautiful!" The story is a bit much in the believability area but, nonetheless, it holds your interest. The great Charles Boyer is given a lead role that doesn't demand much of him other than a lot of hand-wringing but he is worth watching in any film he is in. Pay particular attention to the acting of the Sand Diviner. That's John Carradine and he eats up the screen!
I Watch Only For The Baz and Marlene Scenes
- Baz Fan
"The Garden of Allah" 1936
- Beverly C.
Great movie, great look, great music & great cast. I became a Boyer fan after watching this movie. Very sexy! This film has been in my collection since the first time I saw it om TCM and ordered it. I watched it over & over again. In fact...see ya!
- Ed Boyle
The acting, magnicent color photography, music score all make up for any simplicity in the plot.. The plot and story is a good one none the less.. Can be enjoyed for so many reasons.. Well worth seeing, over and over again...
The Garden Of Allah
Believe it or not, I just saw this movie for the first time the other day on TCM. Where have I been for 72 years? I was really impressed on how good the technicolor, landscapes & genral filming was, considering it was the mid 30's. Some of the scenery was as good as Gone With The Wind or Lawrence of Arabia. I think that's what I noticed the most & that Marlene Dietrich was lighted in a way to highlight the megastar that she was. She didnt seem to have to do much but give blank facial stares, few words & an occasional walk through the sand. Again, the movie has an amazing look to it, however I found the story line completely boring. I know in the 30's many films relied on stiff dialogue to carry the movie along & not so much the action. So, I would have this one in my collection simply for the visuals of Marlene, the scenery & good color.
The Garden of Atah
- Bartley Folan
The Garden of Allah probably would be better with someone other than Boyer,who I thought was a drawback.Rathbone,Schildkraut,Dietrich,and the other actors were good,but I found Boris,or at least Boyer miscast.Maybe Selznick needed to listen to some of his actors,who probably knew better so far as this movie is concerned.Too many important details missing from the book
Song of the free slaves from "Garden of Allah"
Where would I find a recording of the sad song, that is in hebrew or arabic that the man-servent said was the song of the freed slaves?
Don't get me wrong Marlene Dietrich was a great actress but she was woefully miscast in this movie. I just couldn't buy her as an girl who left the convent to go on a mission. I think Merle Oberon would have been more believeable in the role of Domini. This movie was so horrible I had to turn it off after 30 minutes. I liked the premise of the movie but Marlene overacted and was wooden in her role. You would think that the character of Domini was someone who spent their prior life cloistered would have more warmth and shy. Marlene played the role as cold and brittle with an air of sexual mysteriousness, something a girl with a convent upbringing would not have.