The Thief of Bagdad details
|Starring:||Charles Belcher, Etta Lee, Julianne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Anna May Wong, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Brandon Hurst|
|Collections:||100 Swords and Sandals Films, Silent Classics|
The Thief of Bagdad
|Run time:||2 hours 19 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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A Visually Stunning FantasyBy Dominic (16 reviews) from Wallasey, Wirral, England , 26 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Having been a fan all my life of the 1940 version of this tale, I sought out this movie with some misgivings as to how it could compare.
These misgivings were entirely set aside when I first began to laugh. Although in a technically serious role, Douglas Fairbanks plays the thief with such comic genius it really will have you laughing along with his exploits.
The lack of dialogue did nothing to take away from the progression of the plot, and even the intertitles themselves were largely redundant through the actors' superb use of emotive acting to display to the audience exactly what events were taking place.
And not only do we have a wonderful story to follow, but also some special effects that are dazzlingly brilliant for the time this film was made.
Fairbanks shimmies up a magic rope, battles a giant, fire-breathing monster and takes a ride on a flying horse, just to add to the overall enjoyment of the piece.
It really is a must-see movie.
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A Superb FilmBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 08 Apr 2013This was an exhilarating experience of watching a film of nearly ninety years old pulling out every conceivable stop to create one of the greatest pieces of cinema history. The special effects are magically produced and the pace is extraordinary throughout the three and a half hours action. No time for dozing off in this masterpiece.
ExcellentBy a customer from England , 02 Feb 2011Fairbanks is a magnificent athlete. The part was made for him. The acting is somewhat over the top, but that seems to be the style of silent movies, and appropriate for the twists and turns of a fantastical plot. Nonetheless his is a commanding presence.
The special effects are surprisingly effecitve, especially given the cinematic advances since then.
Arabian NightsBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 26 Apr 2010This is Hollywood Orientalism at its most loony and spectacular, from the flowery alliteration and transpositions of the captions to the bizarre ethnic and cultural mixes portrayed in various contexts. The set dressing, costumes and set itself are magnificent, with frequent long-shots and tableaux employed to reveal the scale and size, but, impressive as they are, they don't diminish the balletic athleticism of Douglas Fairbanks' performance one bit. The accompanying music is provided by a theatre organ, which I thought was both fitting and effective. The special effects pale beside what's possible today, of course, and the film mustn't be judged in that light. Fascinating as a history lesson, but still well worth seeing in its own right.
Surprisingly Brilliant!By Martymonster (14 reviews) from London , 09 Apr 2010We watched this out of historical interest and thought the 2hr plus running time would drag. It did not. The movie is stunning. In a day where most sets are built inside of computers it was a joy to see the beautiful MASSIVE sets in this movie. I found it amusing how Fairbanks hops around and climbs and jumps and appears in windows five stories up in a way that would have modern day insurance companies in fits.
It's also interesting to see how stories have not changed in one hundred years. The structure and character arch is exactly the same as what you would see in a cinema today. Fairbanks is awesome. The physical style of emoting is at first over the top. However you soon get into it and it's interesting to see the physical language that they have developed to convey information.
Don't hesitate to rent this.
First class silent entertainmentBy Hellohulk (22 reviews) from Leicester , 21 Jan 2010This is easily one of the best films of the silent era. Fantasy, adventure and romance abound in this near-perfect masterpiece. Douglas Fairbanks's performance was outstanding. The sets were amazing by 1924 standards, although some are a bit dated (such as the billowing sea and the laughable monsters). However, this does not diminish the enjoyment of the film, which is a real energetic treat from start to finish.