Sunday, 20 December 2009

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

I can't remember if I've seen this before, but I was astounded by the quality of the special effects in such an old film when I saw it recently. Starring Conrad Veidt as Jaffar, and evil sorcerer, who claims a Princess (played by June Duprez) as his price when he brings a magical flying mechanical horse for the Sultan. Only Abu (played by Sabu) and Ahmad (John Justin) can stop Jaffar, aided somewhat by a Djinn (played with enormous relish by Rex Ingram).

Typical of the era, it contains a slightly overbearing music score and
features several key cast members who look and sound nothing like the nationality they're supposed to be, but it's all enormous fun and is a great visual spectacle even today.

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