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In Honor of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary, BFI Lists '10 Desert Films to Try' (TRAILERS)

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by Beth Hanna
November 26, 2012 3:33 PM
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With David Lean's epic masterpiece "Lawrence of Arabia" celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the BFI has compiled an unranked list of "10 Desert Films to Try." The finely curated list includes classics like Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Erich von Stroheim's gold-hungry "Greed" and Nicolas Roeg's dreamy "Walkabout," but also Gus van Sant's underappreciated "Gerry" and Nicholas Ray's less-seen Richard Burton-starrer "Bitter Victory."

As the weather cools down, what other great movies are set in the endless sand and glaring sun?

BFI's 10 Desert Films to Try:

"Bitter Victory" (dir. Nicholas Ray, 1957)

"Darratt" (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2006)

"Fata Morgana" (dir. Werner Herzog, 1971)

"Gerry" (dir. Gus van Sant, 2002)

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (dir. Sergio Leone, 1966)

"Greed" (dir. Erich von Stroheim, 1924)

"Ice Cold in Alex" (dir. J. Lee Thompson, 1958)

"Walkabout" (dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1971)

"Woman of the Dunes" (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara)

"Zabriskie Point" (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970)

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