Cinema Explorations: The Thief of Bagdad

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Cinema Explorations is a 6-film Community-curated winter film series presented Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 10 through March 22.
Tickets: $8 ($4/children)  Bagels provided by Bagel Mainea!

The fourth film of Cinema Explorations 2015, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel inspired by The Arabian Nights. It is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made with pioneering eye-popping effects brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades. See it as it was intended to be seen—on the big screen in a theater! 106 minutes.

The credit for directing The Thief of Bagdad is officially shared by three men: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan. Uncredited, three others also were involved in the direction of this film: the producer Alexander Korda, Alexander’s brother Zoltan Korda, and William Cameron Menzies. Directing via “musical chairs” is usually symptomatic of a cinematic disaster, but the final product in this case clearly belies that.  Each of these men were significant filmmakers who became involved in making films during the silent era and then continued into the latter half of the 20th century. Powell’s film legacy is recognized through the Michael Powell Award for the Best British Film at the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival. Likewise, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) gives the Best British Film the Alexander Korda Award.

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