Think of it as THE ENGLISH PATIENT for the Cat Fancy
set. This picturesque desert romance, based on a novella by Honore de Balzac, must rank as one of the strangest celluloid love stories of all time. Augustin (Ben Daniels) is a Napoleonic officer who's
sent to Eygpt to accompany a French scholar (Michel Piccoli) on an exploratory tour of the ancient ruins. After a sudden attack by a band of Mamaluke warriors, Augustin and his charge are separated from the rest of the regiment and, after a heavy sandstorm, find themselves hopelessly lost under
the broiling Sahara sun. Augustin strikes out on his own to find help, but gets no further than the cool, cavernous ...