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Black Tent, The (1956)

Anthony Steel , Donald Sinden , Brian Desmond Hurst  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Steel, Donald Sinden, Anna Maria Sandri, Andre Morell, Ralph Truman
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ETQ2N6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the final grim days of the mid-1942 British Retreat through Libya, a young British Army officer Captain David Holland was posted as missing and later presumed dead. His country mansion and great estates in England inherited by his younger brother Charles. Informed that he may still be alive, Charles Holland sets out in search of his older brother only to uncover the great mystery of David's life, love and ultimate honor. Filmed on location in Libya this classic tale of post war heroism provides an interesting and timely glimpse into the Bedouin culture and the struggle to reconcile life after the war. Bonus Features: Photo Gallery Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0 & 5.1 Enhanced; RT - 92 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1 - Video: 16x9 Anamorphic; Year - 1956; SRP - $19.99

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eriic "the Red" on the movie "The Black Tent" November 2, 2011
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I really liked the 1956 movie "The Black Tent" featuring unknown actors because it is an unusual adventure romance. Set in Libya, WWII, a wandering wounded English army officer is helped by a pretty young Bedouin lady and her honourable father. Like so much of real life, it goes happy, sad and then happy at the end. Watch this movie; it touched my heart. Eric "the Red".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "THE BLACK TENT" (1956) (94 min/Color) -- Starring: Anthony Steel, Donald Sinden, Anna Maria Sandri, Andre Morell, Ralph Truman, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Bushell, Michael Craig

Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst

VCI has restored and brought from their vaults another great film from the British Invasion.

Donald Sinden has become heir to a country estate in the British country side. Looking for his brother who disappeared during WWII.

He finds the tribal chief Sheik Salem ben Yussef (Andre Morell) who has the diary of his brother Anthony Steel. He learns his brother has been killed by the German soldiers and has a wife (Anna-Maria Sandri) and son (Terence Sharkey).

Now the son who is an heir must make the decision of going with his Uncle or staying with his Mother and Grand Father, what would you do?

Filmed with some of the best cinematography, which is an asset showing the beauty of the desert.

Music Composed by William Alwyn Conducted by Muir Mathieson, has classic composing written all over it.

The plot and story line does not move smoothly and has some dragging moments, that you lose interest.

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

* Special Footnote: -- Italian actress Anna-Maria English was so poor, her dialogue had to be completely dubbed by Nanette Newman, wife of the film's screenwriter, Bryan Forbes. Forbes himself played a dying enemy soldier, a role that took three days to shoot, but the footage ended up on the cutting room floor

1. Photo Gallery
2. English Subtitles
3. Dolby 5.1 and Mono

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4.0 out of 5 stars ok March 9, 2013
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I'm sorry I can't give you more information about this item - it is a good film - that's why I bought it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Life and Love in Wartime November 11, 2012
The Black Tent, 1956 film

This story begins at a large mansion in the English country where a man gets a message. Next we see a city. Colonel Holland inherited a large estate after his older brother died in the North African desert campaign. What if he didn't die? A promissary note from this brother was just honored. Could it be traced? He will try by going to Libya. We see the camel market. [Note the riding position.] They reach the black tent. "Salaam Aleichem." He asks a question and gets the answer about his brother. The details are vague. The next morning he sees a boy who looks familiar. The sheik explains why some of their children are fair. "There is nothing more to say." But Holland gets papers in a gray sock: the diary of Captain David Holland. It tells about the war. David survived a battle and walked to a Bedouin camp. [Note the goats with black wool.]

David is with friends. Nabuka feeds him. He learns Tobruk has fallen, he has no place to return to. We see scenes of tribal society. [Are fly whisks a badge of class?] Germans arrive in camp. David is taken to the old Roman ruins, a theater, to hide. The Germans find a British revolver! They leave to visit the old Roman ruins to take photographs. David plans to capture a German vehicle to return to his lines. There, only a poor man has no wife. David promises Nabuka to come back and marry her, but he is not from there and doesn't know their ways. They are watched by a man. She is promised to another. Another day brings a German tourist car. David shoots them, a grenade finishes the men in the car. One of them was a Bedouin. They learn of the victory of Rommel, David has no place to go. There is a marriage and a feast. [Note their bagpipes.] They watch a "danse du ventre". The bride is given a bath.
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