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||IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 from 1,844 votes
||Release: 17 December 1957 (USA) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama
||Director: Henry Hathaway,
||Stars: Angela Portaluri, Ibrahim El Hadish, John Wayne, Kurt Kasznar, Rossano Brazzi, Sonia Moser, Sophia Loren
||Synopsis: 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 Jim Beaver <[email protected]>
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Legend of the Lost is a film that could have been pretty good, but was
destroyed because of the lack of chemistry between the leads, John
Wayne and Sophia Loren. They don't relate or react to each other at
all, and every "intimate" scene between them seems forced.
On the bright side, you have cinematographer Jack Cardiff's gorgeous
on-location Technirama cinematography. The deserts of Libya never
looked so good. And the script by Ben Hecht was actually quite good.
But Legend of the Lost is a member of an entire genre (or sub-genre) of
films that might best be called "Two-person Films." That is, the entire
film centers on two or three characters that are somehow isolated from
society and exist on their own in some desolate or deserted place. John
Huston was a master of this genre, and his films The African Queen and
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison may very well be the best examples of the
genre. Unfortunately for Legend of the Lost, this type of film mandates
that there be great chemistry between the leads, or the whole film
breaks down. Look at the great chemistry between Bogart and Hepburn in
The African Queen and the great chemistry between Robert Mitchum and
Deborah Kerr in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. This is where Legend of the
Lost begins to come apart. Wayne was an actor who was legendary for his
ability to relate to his leading ladies on screen. Throughout his six
decade long career, he played opposite a wide variety of actresses
(from Jean Arthur to Marlene Dietrich to Lauren Bacall to Katharine
Hepburn) and was able to light up the screen with just about all of
them. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the chemistry between him and
Loren just wasn't there. In hindsight, of course, its easy enough to
clamor for Maureen O'Hara (who had done similar roles in the many
"Arabian Knights" type adventure films she had spent most of the 40's
doing), but I do give Wayne credit for taking a chance on the then
almost unknown Loren. Unfortunately, things just didn't work out.
Veteran director Henry Hathaway directed Legend of the Lost, and after
its failure placed most of the blame on Loren, saying something to the
effect that she was gorgeous to look at, but wasn't a very good
actress. Although he might have had a point, Hathaway was also likely
trying to deflect blame away from himself for the failure. The fact
remains that he failed to overcome the casting problems that beset the
film. And this is why Hathaway is remembered as a good, but not great
director (and I say this as Hathaway's biggest fan). The great
directors have the ability to elevate a film above script and casting
problems, and Hathaway failed to do that here. Of course, Hathaway
would say that given the material and genre it would have been very
hard, if not impossible to do that here. And he may very well be right.
In hindsight it might have been better to get John Huston himself to
direct the film, though considering Wayne and Huston's equally
disastrous joint project The Barbarian and the Geisha was still waiting
in the future, perhaps its better Huston wasn't involved here.
I've always felt that Legend of the Lost was Batjac's attempt at a
"prestige picture." I think that Wayne was trying to impress the
critics by producing an "artsy" film that would appeal to them, and
when it failed, he went back to the familiar places and faces that he
had found success with earlier in his career. It was probably a very
wise decision on his part.
Legend of the Lost is not for everyone. With different casting the film
could have become a classic. As it is, it survives best as a
remembrance of "what might have been."
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, Ibrahim El Hadish
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, Rossano Brazzi
, Sonia Moser
, Sophia Loren
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