The Desert of the Tartars

Il deserto dei Tartari
by Valerio Zurlini 2h20min Italy 1976
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The Desert of the Tartars
by Valerio Zurlini

Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars.

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  • Jacques Perrin : Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo
  • Vittorio Gassman : Colonel Giovanbattista Filimore
  • Giuliano Gemma : Major Matis
  • And with: Helmut Griem, Philippe Noiret


  • Director Valerio Zurlini
  • Scenario Andre G. Brunelin, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli
  • Dialogs Valerio Zurlini
  • Original work author Dino Buzzati
  • Photo director Luciano Tovoli
  • Set Design Giancarlo Salimbeni
  • Costume Design Giancarlo Salimbeni, Sissi Parravicini
  • Editing Franco Arcalli, Raimondo Crociani
  • Original music Ennio Morricone
  • Producer Michelle de Broca, Bahman Farmanara, Mario Gallo, Enzo Giulioli, Jacques Perrin, Giorgio Silvagni
  • Production Compagny Cinema Due, Istituto Luce
  • Distributor Pathé

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1976
  • Release date for France01/12/1977
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageItalian
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