I have no clue whether this is historically accurate, so keep that in mind with the review. I don't understand why Muhktar didn't fake a surrender, would've completely caught the fascists off guard, and it would have given them the advantage. I would have faked a surrender, got a good look at the lay of the land before making moves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AZ1xFGf3tA
Very interesting to think about in terms of Muslim cinema; it definitely challenges Western conceptions of the epic, about ways to tell history, about audience & action...a bunch of things. Partially funded by Gaddafi's Libyan government, it's an entertaining slice of nationalist propaganda, anchored by a commanding lead performance by Anthony Quinn, Hollywood's foremost "ethnic" white actor. A very complex film.