PG | | Biography, Drama, History
In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.
Sir John Gielgud said in interviews when he arrived in the country that he received a hostile reception at the airport people heckling and splitting at him.
Gen. Rodolfo Graziani:
These chains are uncomfortable ?
Omar Mukhtar: They are... uncomfortable facts.
Mussolini is talking to Graziani in the opening when he looks the map of Libya, and says that all the green land is for Italy, but this is a topographical map that shows land greener as it becomes lower by sea level. 90% of the area of Libya is desert.
The U.S.A. Home Video VHS release in the '80s runs 160 minutes. Footage has been added in the Director's Cut released on Anchor Bay Video. This version, released in 1998, runs 206 minutes.
Arabic, Italian, English