The Garden of Allah

The Garden of Allah

DVD - 2000
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A young woman moves to Algeria in search of a new life. She meets and falls in love with a renegade monk.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2000
Branch Call Number: MOVIE GAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 13, 2014

Ridiculously overplayed yet oddly irresistible technicolor melodrama exposing forbidden passions beneath the fiery desert sun! Despite a studio backlot vision of the “mysterious orient” (including some running around in Californian dunes), a supporting cast of gaudily dressed extras spouting gibberish, and a few glaring examples of sloppy editing, this remains a lush and highly watchable weeper seventy-five years after it was first released. Perhaps it’s the operatic performances and extravagant dialogue, or the cloying orchestral score highlighting a sensuous world of starlit oases and gauzy close-ups, or maybe it’s just the sheer audacity of the plot which places two of Hollywood’s greatest stars smack in the middle of an American housewife’s fever dream. Glaring religious metaphors aside (Dietrich’s character is named “Domini” after all) this is one of those romantic oldies you simply have to accept on its own terms. Frankly I enjoyed every frame!

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