Cinema: Desert Song

Sands of Beersheba. "I don't understand any of you," says Diane Baker, shaking her fluffy American head over the lamentable state of things in an Arab village in Israel's Negev desert. One wise old Arab (David Opatoshu) has a terrorist son who still calls the country Palestine. Seeing that the problems of the new nation set sons against fathers, brothers against sisters, race against race, Diane naturally wonders whether her American Jewish beau, who died in the fighting, gave his life in a good cause.

Filmed in Israel on a budget low enough to guarantee a certain lack of pretentiousness, Beersheba at...

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