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Sound Of The Desert - Glos Pustyni DVD

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Adventure: Algeria is home to the crazed Sheik Abdallah. A young Polish adventurer, Sergeant Milczek, discovers the Sheik`s lair, and is captured by the Sheik`s men. Djemila, the Sheik`s wife, helps the young adventurer escape to a nearby town, where he joins a legion to overthrow the Sheik. Przygodowy: Algieria. W tajemniczym odludziu, Sokolim Gniezdzie, ukrywa sie okrutny szejk Abdallah. Mlody wywiadowca, Polak, sierzant Milczek, odkrywa jego kryjowke, ale wpada w rece szejka. Grozi mu smierc. Zakochana w nim Djemila, zona Abdallaha, umozliwia Polakowi ucieczke i udaje sie do miasta, gdzie stacjonuje garnizon Legii Cudzoziemskiej. Nawiazuje sie miedzy nimi romans. Pewnego dnia spotyka kochanka z ladna Europejka. W przekonaniu, ze jest zdradzana, wraca do meza. Wyrusza ekspedycja wojskowa na poszukiwanie Abdallaha. Dochodzi do krwawej bitwy. Djemila idzie na pobojowisko, znajduje cialo swego meza, ktory polegl od kuli wroga. Ze wzgledu na przygodowo-sensacyjna tematyke i miejsce akcji (plenery krecono w Afryce Polnocnej) film byl przebojem sezonu.

About the Director

Michal Waszynski (29 September 1904)(born Mosze Waks) was first a film director in his native Poland, then in Italy, and later (as Michael Waszynski) a producer of the major American movies, mainly in Spain. Known for his elegance and impeccable manners he was called by people who knew him the prince. Waszynski was born into a Polish-Jewish family as Michal Waks in 1904 in Kowel, a small Jewish town in Volhynia (now in Ukraine), which at the time was part of Imperial Russia. As Germany occupied this part of Europe during World War I, he moved first to Warsaw and later to Berlin. As a young man he worked as an assistant director of the legendary German director F.W. Murnau. Upon his return to Poland he changed his name to Michal Waszynski and converted to Catholicism. In the 1930s Waszynski became the most prolific film director in Poland, directing 37 of the 147 films made in Poland in that decade, nearly one out of four. Along with the popular movies in Polish directed to a wide local audience, he directed an important movie in Yiddish The Dybbuk, today a monument of the rich cultural life of East European Jewry before the Holocaust. At the beginning of World War II, when Poland was invaded from the West by Nazi Germany and from the East by the Soviet Union, Waszynski escaped from Warsaw, which was being bombed by German planes, to Bialystok. That city was taken in mid-September 1939 by the Germans, but within weeks, as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the city was given to Soviet Union and occupied by its army. Waszynski began a new career as a theater director, first in Bialystok and later in Moscow. In the summer of 1941, after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Waszynski joined the newly formed Polish Army of general Wladyslaw Anders (loyal to the Polish government in Exile in London) and subsequently was relocated to Persia (Iran), and later as a soldier of the 2nd Corps of the Polish Army to Egypt and Italy. As a member of the army film unit, he filmed the Battle of Monte Cassino, where the Polish Army suffered great losses, but helped to win the day. After WWII, he stayed in Italy, where he directed a Polish language feature film about the Battle of Monte Cassino, and then three Italian films. Later in his career, Waszynski worked as a producer for the major American studios in Italy and (primarily) Spain, credited as Michael Waszynski. His credits include The Quiet American (1958) (associate producer), El Cid (1961), and The Fall of the Roman Empire (film) (1964) ((executive producer and associate producer). He died of heart attack on 20 February 1965 in Madrid, and was buried in a ceremonious Catholic funeral in Rome.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nora Ney, Maria Bogda, Adam Brodzisz
  • Directors: Michal Waszynski
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Polart Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004N8RWZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sound of the Desert (Glos Pustyni) is a romance with action and drama. The movie is exotic in a way as it takes us to an unusual place. The story is set in beautiful North Africa. The setting itself is striking with its cobblestone paths and unique architecture; the vegetation is breathtaking as the palm trees and unusual cactuses are quite a sight; and there are sand dunes in the background of all of this, which adds a romantic feeling to the movie.

The opposing sides in the film are the French Foreign Legion and a free tribe led by Sheik Abdullah, who terrorizes caravans that pass though the deserts he controls. After Abdullah captures a legionnaire the drama really begins. The Sheik's wife, Dzemila, takes pity on him and frees him. But she takes it a step further and decides to leave with him and even falls in love with her husband's enemy. Now, the Polish angle to the story is that the Legionnaire is a Pole.

Although the love smitten Dzemila follows her soldier with hungry eyes, her new life isn't exactly a step up. Her new life isn't as romantic as she may have envisioned it as she now has to work as a dancer to get by. Without giving away the plot, I can say there is trouble brewing from the beginning.

Just as the life is Dzemila has a tragic side, so does the actual life of the actress that plays her, as Nora Ney's film career did not resume after the war. Nora was a silent era star so she did well with this role that in which she had to communicate so much with facial expressions. However, Nora wasn't able to find her place with the next transition in Polish cinema when it became serious and an outlet for healing the wounds Poland and its people endured during the war.
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