Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer play a pair of lost souls who meet in the desert. She is the sheltered Domini, looking for spiritual enlightenment in the Sahara. He is Boris, a young monk who has abandoned the monastery, wanting to experience the outside world. Together, they fall in love and try to come to terms with their mutual guilt while having a passionate affair. C. Aubrey Smith and Basil Rathbone serve as guides for Domini. John Carradine cameos as a bizarre fortune teller.
Unfortunately, even an excellent cast can't save this sandy soaper from itself. Although the Technicolor cinematography is gorgeous, and Dietrich sports a new and more stunning gown for every desert occasion, viewers will find no oasis to quench their thirst. Basically, this is a very early version of Hollywood's "sex and sand" films, so popular in the 1950s--lush, unusual, and ultimately silly. --Mark Savary
Marlene Dietrich est excellente comme toujours amsi pas le scénario malheureusement. L'histoire d'un frère qui quitte le couvent pour se marier ensuite avec une... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2012 by David
I have a review from a movie magazine at the time of this films coming out with a drawing of Marlene as the Egyptian sphinx. Read morePublished on March 16 2002 by R. Varner
This 1936 chic flick is a strange, moody, lush, sometimes silly but always fascinating romance set in Algiers starring the great screen icons Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by Robin Simmons
A Technicolor fever dream of a movie, GARDEN OF ALLAH is a guilty pleasure par excellence. Any dramatic tension that depends on the burning passion of Boyer and Dietrich is doomed... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2001 by Randy Buck
About the third film made in full Technicolor, like most of David O. Selznick's early color films, this was only available in a mediocre VHS release (from the old Magnetic Video... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001 by "roadshow70"
Producer David O. Selznick let the viewer know from the beginning of his films that they were "in the tradition of quality" from the colonial-like logo at the beginning... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2000 by James D'Arc
"The Garden of Allah" is probably the second or third feature film made in 3-strip Technicolor. It is Selznick's and Dietrich's first color film. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2000