Legend of the Lost (1957)
Ancient Roman City of Leptis Magna
The 1957 Batjac Productions film "Legend of the Lost" was partly filmed on location
in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, located in modern Libya, east of Tripoli.
Septimius Severus, whose long reign produced many coins.
and Rossano Brazzi as Paul Bonnard, an amateur archaelogist who is looking for ruins that
his father had found.
His father spent years looking for a "lost city" and Paul has his father's diary.
The policeman Prefect Dukas introduces him to Joe January, an American who knows the area.
Paul hires Joe as a guide.
Paul also meets Dita, a woman who introduces herself by stealing his watch.
He then gives her the watch and makes a friend.
After some time, they find water and the "lost city", where they find the skeletons
of Paul's father and two others. They also find some treasure.
Paul and Joe get into a fight over Dita, and Paul rides off with their horses.
Joe and Dita have to hike out, and nearly out of water, find Paul collapsed in the desert.
Paul tries to kill Joe, but Dita shoots him.
About to die, Joe and Dita are rescued by the Libyan cavalry.
Although it is not mentioned in the film, Leptis Magna was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus, who was born there in AD 145 and was emperor from AD 193 to 211.
2. Septimius Severus denarius - Victory Parthia
Laureate head right
SEVERVS AVG PART MAX
Victory flying left holding open wreath in both hands over round shield set on low base.
PM TRP VIII COS II PP
4. Paul arrives
He meets Prefect Dukas, the local police official.
Dita, having stolen Paul's watch, awaits the arrival of the police.
In the town jail, a familiar looking hat.
No, not him, but well-known, anyway.
The three meet and the two men discuss the trip. Dita wants to go along.
The city of Timbuktu.
Loading the mules for the trip.
12. No women wanted
Dita wants to go along.
13. Heading out
Riding across the desert.
15. Dita arrives
Dita has joined a caravan which drops her off.
Joe wants to send Dita back to town, but Paul now wants her along and pays Joe more money.
Joe uses a surveying device to find his way.
19. Climbing up the rocks
20. Dita has her "Indiana Jones" moment
21. Dita finds something on her
22. Paul and Dita
25. Joe and Dita
The men start arguing about things.
Lots of it here, apparently.
31. The two see something
32. Ancient Roman city
It's the "lost city".
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36. Ancient Roman city
37. Ancient Roman city
38. Ancient Roman city
39. Ancient Roman city Trajan
40. Ancient Roman city Theatre
41. Ancient Roman city
42. Ancient Roman city horse
44. Skeleton note
Joe reads a note found with the skeletons.
What a place for a drink.
They find the Iron Door which leads to treasure.
50. Treasure room
Joe reads from Paul's father's diary.
They manage to find some jewelry.
53. Ancient Roman city
54. Horses gone
Paul has taken the horses during the night.
Joe and Dita, having walked out, find the water oasis they stopped at on the way in.
Joe and Dita trekking across the desert.
57. Joe and Dita
58. Paul on the ground
Joe and Dita find Paul collapsed.
He later revives, pulls a knife, and Dita is forced to shoot him.
59. Joe, Dita, and a blanket await the end
The cavalry arrives just in time.
61. The End
John Wayne as Joe January
Sophia Loren as Dita
Rossano Brazzi as Paul Bonnard
Kurt Kasznar as Prefect Dukas
Writers: Ben Hecht, Robert Presnell Jr.