Highlighted by majestic set design by William Cameron Menzies, this awe-inspiring jaunt through exotic Arabia follows a young thief who faces supernatural challenges to win the heart of his beloved princess.
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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.
Cinematography by Arthur Edeson. "Desire" list: although the mustache is not exactly of an imperishable style his revelry and bouncy energy is actually of the most perennial that can be desired and, accordingly, Douglas Fairbanks will be much more credible as desirable object than Valentino, his rival at the time , much more stuck to the contingencies of the period and therefore less vital in our times.
Un sympathique aventurier, voleur de son état, tombe amoureux de la délicieuse princesse de Bagdad, alors même que la ville est en butte aux assauts d'un méchant prince mongol. Un tapis volant, une pomme magique, un cheval ailé, tout l'arsenal du rêve et de la fantasmagorie hindouiste pour enchanter le spectateur lunaire. Envoutant !
I might just regret to name this movie as silent, for me camera conscious acting, visionary effects, rich and wide decor/framing and most notably magical film orchestra starring the oboet talks deeper and more.. These all created a favourable theme for love though Julanne Jonston and her eyes makes it real for me!