Prince Ahmad, cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place and the heart of a princess in Alexander Korda’s The Thief of Bagdad, an eye-popping special effects pioneer and one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made.
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how does a film like this even exist!? the greatest novels ever written are no where near as rich and enchanting as this film. even if the Genii's effects are fairly dated, the film as a whole, being made 70 years ago, feels like it was made tomorrow. absolutely timeless.
This was one of the first films I put on my watchlist (Way back when this was the auteurs). What a visual feast, I can't wait to see the red shoes now! The race bending bothered me a bit but I understand it's a product of it's time (it bothered me way more in Prince of Persia). All around a great experience, very fun. Plus the flying genie was fucking awsome!
The traveling matte of the Sultan (played by Miles Malleson, who wrote the screenplay) riding a flying automaton-horse looked to me like one of Edweard Muybridge's locomotion loops. The wonder of the trick films and early spectacles is all in here, too. Taking us into the mature silent period, Conrad 'Caligari' Veidt as Jaffar is just too perfect. Not heard it myself, but I bet Marty busts a nut in the DVD commentary