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Day of the Falcon-poster-8

Finally a grown-up movie set in the Arab world.  This Is one of the most memorable and epic films I’ve seen in a while, with an international cast, a wonderful poignant story, real issues and intense action.

Drawing obviously from Lawrence of Arabia, Day of the Falcon works better in my opinion.  For several reasons, not least of which is the idea of a British imperial white man (Lawrence) leading the Arabs, I don’t find that film the immaculate classic that others may.

But Falcon features Antonio Banderas in a harsh role as an emir of an Arabian tribe and pitted against his rival, the Sultan of the neighboring tribe.  In a deal, upon the conclusion of a battle, the Sultan’s two sons are taken as hostages to live with the emir and to insure the peace.  The disputed desert region is to be a no man’s land, owned by no one.  When oil is later discovered in the no man’s land, it sets the stage for different world views, different traditions and different approaches to this newly-discovered resource.  That conflict has been at the center of world politics ever since.

It’s a travesty that a film of this caliber apparently lost money, and was not embraced by audiences.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgH2wkiaIQ8