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08 April, 2006

Cinematic camel carry-on

En route to darkest Patagonia, the airship touches down in the Antipodes, where the natives welcome us around their campfire with a feast of assorted roast reptiles and marsupials.

As an extra honour, the chieftain wheels out his ancient television set for some cinematic entertainment. What a delight! The film showing that night is a beautifully cinematic, historically accurate docudrama on the French Foreign Legion's campaigns in the Maghreb: Carry On Follow That Camel (1967). A superb way to salve any homesickness for the sandlands.

How we gasp at the thrilling warfare between Sheikh Abdul Abulbul of Oasis Al Nookie (Bernard Bresslaw's highly sensitive portrayal of a traditional bedouin leader) and the French foreign legion, based at Camp Soizzantneuf, led by tragic hero Commandant Maximilian Burger (Kenneth Williams with a flawless German accent). The depth of detail is breathtaking, including the script's use of Arabic (the camp lavatory is signposted "El Khazi"), the sinewous Egyptian bellydancing of femme fatale Corktip, and the wiles of the spurned Algerian beauty Zig-Zig (Joan Simms).

A movie fully deserving of the Oscars for Best Foreign Film and Best Picture, neither of which - most inexplicably - it appears to have been awarded.

16 Comments:

Blogger nzm said...

The Carry On movies were so funny for their time - and most probably still are, given that I could now understand most of the jokes that were too "mature" for my viewing age back then.

I just laughed when my parents did!

08 April, 2006 14:34  
Blogger Driving in Dubai said...

Hi SD,

Just wondering if you could add my new blog to your list if you like it!

Thanks

08 April, 2006 17:27  
Blogger Cokey said...

Thats a streak of 3 pathetic blogs! poetry? shoes? and old movie?

08 April, 2006 19:36  
Blogger Cokey said...

Pardon me, thats Streak of 4 ! Sharjah Judge?! Don u get it..he didnt get enuff that nite

08 April, 2006 19:38  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

The greatest film ever made was "Carry on Cleo" with the immortal line by Julius Ceasar (Kenneth Williams) as he flees from the assassins - "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!"

09 April, 2006 07:34  
Blogger secretdubai said...

My favourites tend to be the contemporary set ones, only because they look so amusing dated now - with all the 60s/70s fashion - real period pieces!

09 April, 2006 07:52  
Blogger marwan said...

The Carry On Doctors, Camping, Holiday, and of course, up the Khyber, are my personal favourites.

09 April, 2006 16:53  
Blogger trailingspouse said...

I just wish I understood Arabic and could watch some of those old Egyptian movies on TV. They look just as good as the old Carry On classics. I particularly like the guys with the fearsome mustaches!

10 April, 2006 22:09  
Blogger marwan said...

I can't tell the difference between the old Egyptian movies and the *new* ones. Looks like they are still using the same film stock.

11 April, 2006 04:28  
Blogger Jassim said...

lol at the last guy Marwan, but the old film stock theory doesnt work coz the make up and fashion still looks bad like from the 80's No?

I need to visit Cairo, I havnt been yet and I am sure they still sell rubiks cubes.

Time warp.

11 April, 2006 18:18  
Blogger ae said...

Actually, rubik's cubes have made a come back. My 10 year old nephew in the US has one.

Maybe when they go out of vogue they'll make it to this corner of the world. Until then, viva the regional timewarp-

16 April, 2006 17:53  
Blogger the shadow said...

what's up SD? no post in 1 week?

16 April, 2006 21:59  
Blogger el condo said...

SD: are you MIA or AWOL?

Did the KGB pay you a visit?

Your public is anxious.

17 April, 2006 13:42  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

Well, while we worry about SD click on:

Bling Bling

18 April, 2006 17:36  
Blogger G said...

hey is it possible she got shut down by authorities?

18 April, 2006 20:57  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

could be.

Does anybody know what is up??

18 April, 2006 23:45  

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