Dietrich and Boyer


The Garden of Allah (1936) was a David O. Selznick production, with his customary lavish production values. It was also filmed in color, unusual for those days. Boyer plays a Trappist monk who flees his monastery during a personal turmoil. Disoriented and confused by the cruel real world, he meets up with, of all people, Marlene Dietrich. They enter into a tender, and from his standpoint, illicit affair.

The story is rather overblown, taking itself a bit too seriously, but with Arizona doubling for the Arabian desert, the film is absolutely beautiful to look at, as are its two stars. Enjoy it for the fantasy it is.


Garden of Allah poster


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