Desert Purgatory: Existentialism in the Sand

Films set largely or entirely in the desert while their protagonists are trapped in an inescapable hellscape, often both figuratively and literally.

  • Figures in a Landscape
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Gerry
  • The Desert of the Tartars
  • Phase IV
  • Punishment Park
  • Beau Travail
  • Wake in Fright
  • The Flight of the Phoenix
  • Morocco
  • The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers
  • Simon of the Desert