The Roses of the Desert

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Le rose del deserto
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Produced by Mauro Berardi
Written by Alessandro Bencivenni
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Mario Monicelli
Domenico Saverni
Based on Il deserto della Libia 
by Mario Tobino
Starring Michele Placido
Giorgio Pasotti
Alessandro Haber
Music by Paolo Dossena
Mino Freda
Cinematography Saverio Guarna
Edited by Bruno Sarandrea
Release dates
  • December 1, 2006 (2006-12-01)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Roses of the Desert (Italian: Le rose del deserto) is an Italian film released in 2006. It was directed by Mario Monicelli, in his final film, and was loosely inspired by the romance Il deserto della Libia of Mario Tobino.


In World War II a group of Italian soldiers is sent to Egypt to provide assistance to the local population. The military, however, should expect other directives from the Duce Benito Mussolini but completely lose contact with the Italy. So the members of the brigade, including some very curious and picturesque as the Captain who loves poetry to stay closer to his wife away, you ambientano with the local customs and forget their duty as soldiers. Soon, however, the war draws everyone and soldiers, along with a brother missionary-talking very loose (Michele Placido) walks through the desert with a troop of Germans. Soon they begin hostilities and the soldiers take up arms, but something has changed and they begin to think that war is a useless thing when we could live in oblivion in a land so beautiful and rich in culture. However, the Warriors do not have much time to think because their Captain, the only hold reference became mad because he discovered that his wife died recently betrayed him, he met his death by jumping stupidly against weapons of some Bedouin.

In 2015, the book Staging Memory by Stefania Del Monte dedicates a whole section to the movie.



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