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Legend of the Lost (17-Dec-1957)

Director: Henry Hathaway

Writers: Robert Presnell, Jr.; Ben Hecht

Music Composed and Conducted by: A. F. Lavagnino

Producer: Henry Hathaway

Keywords: Action/Adventure

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rossano Brazzi
18-Sep-1916 24-Dec-1994 South Pacific
Kurt Kasznar
13-Aug-1913 6-Aug-1979 Fitzhugh on Land of the Giants
Sophia Loren
20-Sep-1934   La Ciociara
John Wayne
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke


John Wayne   ...   Joe January
Sophia Loren   ...   Dita
Rossano Brazzi   ...   Paul Bonnard
Kurt Kasznar   ...   Prefect Dukas
Sonia Moser   ...   Girl
Angela Portaluri   ...   Girl
Ibrahim El Hadish   ...   Galli Galli


Review by anonymous (posted on 14-Mar-2006)

Although this film has never been considered one Sophia Loren's best works, it has elements very different from anything she has ever done. The score is haunting as the backdrop to the desert location, and the theme of redemption ( for her) and fall from grace ( for Brazzi) dominates the theme of the story. John Wayne plays his usualy predicatble western character , only in this case its on a mule and the location is africa. The trek through the desert must have been some dredful hairdays for Loren, all that sand and sweat, but her inital characterization as a common trollop who transforms into a woman of substance and value, at least to Wayne was juxtapositioned against the fall from grace of Brazzi who, pedestal pushes his father into some saint until he finds out that his father was fallable by the same human emotions all humans are subject to....greed, lust, jealousy. This realization causes Brazzini's character to go from an honerable man to a dishonerable one, repeating the fall his father took ten years prior. With all its flaws, and it there are many. One is when Wayne attempts to interpret Latin Text in a howdy drawl, when he they first find the dead city in the desert. I thought that was quite a comical element. But over all I enjoyed the film and I have always considered it one of my favorites of both Loren and Wayne, simply because it was so atypical of any film either of them have ever done. And the score was , as said earlier, haunting in its nature and I felt totally appropiate for the desert setting of the film.

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