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The Thief of Bagdad

Raoul Walsh USA, 1924

Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Der Dieb von Bagdad

A masterpiece of spectacle. The gargantuan sets, the optical effects, and some very impressive blocking with a roaming camera are a testament to how far the art form had come by this point—an inertia that would falter with the advent of sound. The fantastical illusions and overall story momentum are still able to keep me spellbound for 2.5 hours in a time where much faster, modern films struggle to do the same.