Prod: Luca Comerio. DCP. D.: 7’. Col

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

As sometimes happens, the title on the packaging does not entirely match its contents. A good part of the film does cover the daily activities of the askaris stationed in Libya (chatting, stirring a pot, shaving their hair). The more adventurous scenes (including a nude on a horse), however, are of Italians, who flaunt their athletic dexterity in the high jump and military efficiency in lighting fires. The original reel also includes some random footage: horsemen of the Royal Italian Army performing impressive feats in a vast grassy landscape that does not look anything like our idea of Libya. We decided not to edit this bizarre sequence.

Andrea Meneghelli

Copy From

Restored in 4K by L‘Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from the original Kinemacolor black and white nitrate positive prints