Knights of the Desert (film)

Knights of the Desert (Italian:I cavalieri del deserto) is a 1942 Italian adventure film directed by Gino Talamo and Osvaldo Valenti. It starred Valenti, Luisa Ferida and Luigi Pavese.[1] The film was based on a novel by Emilio Salgari with a screenplay by Federico Fellini and Vittorio Mussolini, the son of Italy's dictator Benito Mussolini. It was produced by the Rome-based ACI which was run by Vittorio Mussolini. Valenti and Ferida were romantically linked, and co-starred in several films together.

Knights of the Desert
Directed byGino Talamo
Osvaldo Valenti
Written byEmilio Salgari (novel)
Vittorio Mussolini
Federico Fellini
StarringOsvaldo Valenti
Luisa Ferida
Luigi Pavese
Guido Celano
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyAngelo Jannarelli
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The film was shot on location in Libya, before the North African Campaign turned decisively against Italy and its Allies. Fellini may have directed some of the Libyan scenes after Gino Talamo was injured in a car accident.[2] The film was ultimately never released due to the defeats suffered in Libya, which meant its plot was now a potential embarrassment to the regime.



  1. ^ Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999. p.708
  2. ^ Kezich, Tullio. Federico Fellini: His Life and Work. I.B.Tauris, 2007. p.70

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