Le Désert des Tartares

Something nasty is lurking on the steppes outside the fort, while inside the years pass and the occupying garrison sits around brooding. Is it the dread Tartars, the vengeance of God, or simply a figment of the uneasy military imagination? Difficult to care much, since portentousness hangs heavy over this handsome but hamfisted adaption of Dino Buzzati's Kafkaesque novel, abstracted in time, place and almost everything else way beyond the reach of a fine cast.

Release details

Duration: 148 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Screenwriter: André G Brunelin, Jean-Louis Bertucelli
Cast: Jacques Perrin
Max von Sydow
Philippe Noiret
Vittorio Gassman
Laurent Terzieff
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Fernando Rey
Francisco Rabal
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