Libya (Legend of the Lost)

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    • Libya (Legend of the Lost)


      Legend of the Lost
      exterior locations were filmed here

      Filming took place near
      Zliten and Gadames, villages,
      in an isolated oasis, 400 miles, from Tripoli,
      but near to the ruins of Leptis Magna.

      It is located on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea
      west of the Gulf of Sidra. It was the capital of the former Zlitan District.

      Ghadames, is an oasis Berber town in the Nalut District
      of the Tripolitania region in northwestern Libya.

      Leptis Magna
      Leptis Magna was a prominent city in Roman Libya.
      Originally a Punic foundation, it was greatly expanded under emperor Septimius Severus
      (r. 193–211), who was a native of the city.

      Legio III Augusta was stationed here to defend the city against Berber incursions,
      and after the legion's dissolution under Gordian III in 238, the city
      was increasingly open to raids, in the later part of the 3rd century.

      It was re-incorporated into the Eastern Empire in 533,
      but continued to be plagued by Berber raids and never recovered its former importance.
      It fell to the Muslim invasion in c. 647 and was abandoned.

      Diocletian re-instated the city as provincial capital, and the city grew again
      in prosperityuntil it fell to the Vandals in 439.


      The ruins of Leptis Magna are located in Khoms,
      Libya, 130 km (81 mi) east of Tripoli, on the coast where the Wadi Lebda meets the sea.
      The site is one of best preserved Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.

      For further information, see;-
      Leptis Magna- Wikipedia

      Duke hired, Henry Hathaway, between January- 1957
      as Director/ Producer, decided to film the movie in Libya,

      Cast, crew and supplies arrived in Gadames
      by private plane, camel caravan, and off road vehicles

      They bunked on beds and slept on cots
      Radios and telephones did not exist,
      nor did indoor plumbing, except for one toilet in one building!

      Rossano Brazzi and Duke

      Temperatures peaked at more than 100 degrees
      during the afternoons, and then plummeted to 30 degrees at night!

      cnsmovie_legendlost_40 (1).jpg

      Duke and Sophia Loren

      Hathaways brutal schedule designed to keep
      everyone at work from five in the morning to nine each night
      was sure to match the spartan existence.

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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