6.6/10
355
2 user 5 critic

The Roses of the Desert (2006)

Le rose del deserto (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 1 December 2006 (Italy)
A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli
Reviews
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

The Organizer (1963)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a farmer that succeeded to contest the king Alboino in front of all his Royal court, in the Verona (Italy) of the 12th century, using just his cunning. He will risk several ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Maurizio Nichetti, Alberto Sordi
Dirty Linen (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Razzi family owns a small factory of sweets in Macerata. Their desire to enlarge their business to cope with the new Unified European Market brings to a string of fatal mistakes that ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Marina Confalone, Alessandro Haber
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Like every year, everyone is going back to the ancestral family's home for the Christmas holidays. But this time, the old folks have a surprise, a good surprise for them. They have decided ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Tommaso Bianco, Renato Cecchetto, Marina Confalone
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tuscany, August 1944: the Allies have just entered Florence, Italy is devasted by the war, and the people are hungry. "Dieci", who claims to have been a boxer and a manager, gathers a group... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Massimo Ceccherini, Vittorio Rap
I picari (1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The adventures of two derelicts. They are prisoners in a battleship, then, after a mutiny, they succeed to become officers. They leave the boat and start to drift all around the Spain with ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Enrico Montesano, Vittorio Gassman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A meek middle-aged man takes justice in his own hands.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Shelley Winters, Vincenzo Crocitti
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A critique of the role of the male in modern Italian society and has demonstrated the possibility of a form of 'female bonding' between women who live, by choice, in a world without men

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Liv Ullmann, Catherine Deneuve, Giuliana de Sio
The Great War (1959)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier
Casanova 70 (1965)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The amorous adventures of Andrea Rossi-Colombotti, an army officer who finds pleasure with beautiful women in life-threatening situations.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mischievous nobleman and his poor doppelganger get into serious troubles when a practical joke endangers the Pope.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Paolo Stoppa, Caroline Berg
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Folco Lulli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Placido ... Frate Simeone
Giorgio Pasotti ... Ten. Marcello Salvi
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Maggiore Stefano Strucchi
Fulvio Falzarano Fulvio Falzarano ... Sgt. Barzottin
Moran Atias ... Aisha
Claudio Bigagli ... Un soldato toscano
Tiziano Scarpa Tiziano Scarpa
Nicola Acunzo Nicola Acunzo
Roberto D'Addario Roberto D'Addario
Francesco Guzzo Francesco Guzzo
Enzo Marcelli Enzo Marcelli
Giuseppe Oppedisano Giuseppe Oppedisano
Stefano Scandaletti Stefano Scandaletti
Emanuele Spera Emanuele Spera
Hermann Weiskopf
Edit

Storyline

A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by Italian Army in a kind of humanitarian mission. In fact all the battalion is involved to help the local population. The war anyway goes on with no regards to human feelings. The "glorious" Fascist campaign is going to became a fast retreat. Written by 1felco

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A sivatag rózsái See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,932,676
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dry Itailian WWII comedy
3 February 2008 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Writer/Director Mario Monicelli was 91 when this, his 65th film was filmed. He'll turn 93 this year and should probably be in consideration for a Lifetime Achievement Oscar while he's still alive considering he's been making films since 1935 and two of his films received Best Foreign Launguage Film nominations and he has also been nominated for Best Screenplay. This film unfortunately isn't an award winning caliber film but it's not too bad. Based on the autobiographical novel by Monicelli's longtime friend Mario Tobino this is the story of an Italian Army medic corps sent to the Libyan Desert in 1940 during Italy's ill-fated African Campaign during World War II. Major Strucchi (Alessandro Haber) leads the medic unit made up of men who are novices to the battle front and spends his time writing love letters to his bride back home. Franciscan Friar Simone (Michele Placido) is the the senior of the group and once had a church in the area and is interested in spreading Christianity not Mussalini's Fascism to the desert dwelling natives. Lt. Salvi (Giorgio Passotti) has no idea of what the horrors of the front lines are like or the customs of the locals and joined the war only to take travel photographs. Periodically the overzealous commanding General (Tahi Sanginetti) shows up thinking of ways he can advance his career. The scenes of his arrival and departure on a motorcycle side-car are ridiculously sped up for whatever reason I didn't understand and add nothing to the film as a comic overtone. The film is a dry comedy and features the beautiful Tunisian-Jewish, Israeli born model-turned-actress Moran Atias in a small role. This is certainly not a great film but I liked it and would give it a 7.0 out of 10.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed