A decent escapist venture that boasts fabulous production design, costumes and cinematography. The special effects range from impressive (the flying carpet) to abysmal (the spider). Technical specs aside, it's quite a rushed story that has too many dissolves and characters get out of situations too easily. It also can't tell which character is the lead; Abu or Ahmend. A bit boring and silly but not bad.
A great colorful fantasy remake with Conrad Veidt magnetic as the evil magician Jaffar. The film was clearly one third of the inspiration for Disney's "Aladdin". It has a great pace throughout with a lot of things happening and a good structure to the story. Most disappointing are the effects that look sometimes worse than they were in the silent film. It is the comic sidekick Sabu that steal the film from the hero.
3-4. A stunning rendering of Arabian folklore and fairy tales that doesn't appear to tamper with the source material to any kind of detriment, centered around a white and Indian lead who generally stand on equal footage as protagonists. I'm not necessarily crazy about the love story, but given the abstract nature of the narrative, I give it something of a by. Very entertaining on the whole.
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
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.
The production might've been overwhelmingly frustrating, but none of that has affected this joyous & beautiful fantasy. Influential to Disney's Aladdin, this adventure has gorgeous Technicolor, great special effects, & exciting performances (esp. from Sabu & Veidt). It may be a little old-fashioned, but for the young and young-at-heart this film is thrills and entertains from the work that went into it.
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!