Ships in Desert

Certain photoplays have strikingly contrast scenes, where maritime vessels displayed among a barren desert. That is an impressive visual effect, when one can see a ship without a sea. Certainly, such scenes powerfully convey an artist intention to create the special aura of a film. Here, some examples of vessels, sailing the sand, not the waves.

Sci-fi classics Close Encounters of the Third Kind (directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Columbia Pictures, 1977)has an overwhelming scene, where a cargo ship lost in the Atlantic Ocean, 1925, have magically reemerged in the Gobi desert, Mongolia, in the late seventies. Anti-drug movie The Needle («Игла», directed by Rashid Nugmanov, produced by Kazakhfilm Studios, 1988)features haunting moments, when a protagonist has found himself among stranded fish boats from the severely reduced Aral Sea, Kazakhstan. Lavishly shot adventure saga Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, 2007)shows a wretched pirate, who has towed his ship in the desert.       

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