Mashamal Ritorno Al Deserto: A 1998 Italian Adventure Film
Mashamal Ritorno Al Deserto (Mashamal - Return to the Desert) is a 1998 Italian action-adventure film directed by Paolo Fondato and starring Kabir Bedi, Isabel Russinova and Dalila Di Lazzaro. The film follows the adventures of Tahar Id Bram (Bedi), a former soldier who returns to his homeland in the Sahara desert after a long absence. He finds out that his father has been killed by a ruthless warlord named Mashamal, who is also after a mysterious treasure hidden in the desert. Tahar teams up with Jana Anderson (Russinova), an American journalist who is investigating Mashamal's crimes, and Veruska (Di Lazzaro), a former lover of Mashamal who wants revenge. Together, they face dangers and enemies as they try to stop Mashamal and find the treasure.
The film was shot on location in Morocco and Italy, and features spectacular scenes of desert landscapes, car chases, explosions and fights. The film was released in Italy on June 19, 1998, but did not receive much attention from critics or audiences. The film is considered a rare example of an Italian adventure film in the style of Indiana Jones or The Mummy.
Mashamal Ritorno Al Deserto is available to watch online on YouTube[^2^], but it has not been released on DVD or Blu-ray. The film has a rating of 5.3 out of 10 on IMDb[^1^], based on 13 user reviews. The film has no official English title or subtitles, but some fans have translated it as "Mashamal - Return to the Desert" or "Mashamal - Back to the Desert".
The film features a diverse cast of actors from different countries and backgrounds. Kabir Bedi, who plays the protagonist Tahar, is an Indian actor who has appeared in many international films and TV shows, such as Sandokan, Octopussy and The Bold and the Beautiful. He is also known for his voice work in Hindi dubbing of Hollywood films. Isabel Russinova, who plays the journalist Jana, is a Bulgarian-born Italian actress, writer and producer. She has starred in many Italian films and TV series, such as La piovra, Il commissario Montalbano and Il bello delle donne. Dalila Di Lazzaro, who plays the vengeful Veruska, is an Italian actress, model and singer. She has worked with directors such as Federico Fellini, Dario Argento and Woody Allen, and has appeared in films such as Flesh for Frankenstein, Phenomena and Stardust Memories.
The film also features some familiar faces from Italian cinema and television, such as Roberto Bisacco, David Brandon, Sacha Darwin, Stefano De Sando, Gabriel Garko, Barbara Livi and Aldo Massasso. The film was the last appearance of Micaela Giustiniani, who played Jana's mother. She died in 1999 at the age of 46. The film was produced by Paolo Fondato and Mohamed Asli, and the music was composed by Stelvio Cipriani, a prolific Italian composer who has scored over 200 films in various genres.
Mashamal Ritorno Al Deserto is a rare gem for fans of Italian cinema and adventure films. It offers a thrilling story, exotic locations, impressive stunts and a charismatic cast. The film is not widely available or known outside Italy, but it deserves more recognition and appreciation from international audiences. ec8f644aee