Retrospective 2014

The Lost Patrol

John Ford
USA 1934
73min
V'14

1917: Far away from the European battlefields a mounted patrol wanders in the desert of Mesopotamia without aim and order through torrid sands, before they, finally, find an oasis. Eleven soldiers – an image of the British society including one religious lunatic embodied by Karloff – are decimated by invisible Arabian marksmen. This existentialistic tragedy heavily doubts the fight against the «hostile Arabs» sworn in the movie’s introduction.

Credits
  • Billy Bevan
  • Reginald Denny
  • Alan Hale
  • Victor McLaglen - Capt. Mike Farrell
  • J.M. Kerrigan - Crimp
  • Boris Karloff
  • Brandon Hurst
  • Wallace Ford
  • Douglas Walton
  • Sammy Stein
  • Howard Wilson
  • Paul Hanson
  • Dudley Nichols
  • Garrett Fort
  • Clem Portman
  • Philip Faulkner Jr.
  • Harold Wenstrom
  • Paul Weatherwax
  • Max Steiner
  • Van Nest Polglase
  • Sidney Ullman
  • «Patrol» von Philip MacDonald
RKO Radio Pictures
35 mm
bw
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