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Sands of the Kalahari

Sands of the Kalahari
March 4, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Stuart Whitman.

From the Collection of the Library of Congress

Sands of the Kalahari  (UK, 1965)

A plane crash in the South African desert exposes its survivors to intensive hardship and the need to organize for survival.  In true Cy Endfield style, this is expressed through the tension between savagery and civilized cooperation, as members of the group oscillate between the two extremes, eerily mirrored by the allegorical presence of an always-nearby pack of wild baboons.

35mm, color, 119 min.  Production: Pendennis Pictures.  Distribution: Paramount Pictures.  Producer: Cy Endfield, Stanley Baker.  Director: Cy Endfield.  Based on the novel Sands of the Kalahari by William Mulvhill.  Screenwriter: Cy Endfield.  Cinematographer: Erwin Hiller.  Editor: John Jympson.  Composer: John Dankworth.  With: Stuart Whitman, Stanley Baker, Susannah York, Harry Andrews, Theodore Bikel.