Desert of the Tartars (Il deserto dei Tartari), The
The Desert of the Tartars (Il deserto dei Tartari) is a 1976 Italian-French-German drama movie directed by Valerio Zurlini and based on the novel "The Tartar Steppe" by Dino Buzzati. The movie stars numerous notable European actors, including Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma, Max von Sydow and Jean-Louis Trintignant. A young officer of Austro-Hungarian Army Lt. Drogo (Perrin) starts his service in ancient Bastiani Fortress on the border of unexplored desert. For countless years the fortress stands against the fabulous Tartar nomads. Nobody trusts that they could really appear in vicinity but the garrison still performs the service in this Godforsaken place. The movie was filmed in Bam Citadel in Iran.
The following weapons were used in the film The Desert of the Tartars (Il deserto dei Tartari):
Smith & Wesson Military & Police
While all officers carry holsters, their sidearms aren't seen. The only handgun is a Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver, carried by Col. Ortiz (Max von Sydow) after his retirement from service.
Most soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Some of them are late "Kriegsmodell" version.
M98/29 Persian Mauser
Some M98/29 Persian Mauser rifles are also seen.
A pair of percussion muskets most likely of European origin and closely resembling the Springfield Model 1842 is used as a decoration in Major Matis' office.
A pair of percussion shotguns of unknown model is also used as a decoration in Major Matis' office.
Schwarzlose Machine Gun
The garrison of Bastiani Fortress disposes several Schwarzlose Machine Guns.
The artillery of Bastiani Fortress consists of several 77mm FK96 field guns.