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Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert. American Joe January takes the job despite misgivings about Bonnard's plans. Dita, a prostitute who has been deeply moved by what appears to be Bonnard's spiritual nature, follows the two men into the desert. Eventually the trio arrives in the ruins of a lost city, where Bonnard hopes to find the treasure his father sought years earlier before disappearing. But what Bonnard finds alters him in unexpected ways, with tragic results.Written by
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In a documentary about British director of photography Jack Cardiff, it was said that director Henry Hathaway was not respectful to the English members of the crew. He did not, for example, like their penchant for taking breaks for tea. See more »
Just before Loren and Wayne discover the first spot of supplies Bonnard dumped, she unbuttons her embroidered outer blouse. When they start to run towards the supplies, the camera angle shifts to her running towards the camera and the blouse is re-buttoned. See more »
[referring to the lost city]
I've been walkin' around thinkin'. It's a great town for thinkin' - no distractions.
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Considering that for most of this film there are only three characters on screen and two of them are very badly played by John Wayne and Rossano Brazzi, (the third is a sultry looking Sophia Loren and she's very good in an underwritten role), Henry Hathaway's "Legend of the Lost" is a surprisingly entertaining piece of nonsense, complete with lost treasure and some gorgeously photographed desert locations courtesy of Jack Cardiff. There isn't much else yet Hathaway manages to keep us watching, maybe with a promise that something is going to happen even if in the end, it hardly ever does. It's success probably had a lot to do with the Westener's love of deserts and exotic locations, (maybe there's a touch of the T. E. Lawrence in all of us). It's hardly the best of Hathaway but there's no denying it's very enjoyable.
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