The Thief of Bagdad
- Raoul Walsh
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Each Prince searches for strange objects, gathering such things as a magic carpet and a magic ball, but the evil Mongol Prince (Sojin) is not willing to play fair. Will the thief be able to outdo his adversaries and actually get the Princess without being a real Prince? With magic and sincerity on his side, he just as well might…
This fantastic early movie version of the Arabian Nights tale works amazingly, in part because of its infinitely imaginative design, in part for its unlimited sense of awe, in part for its leading man and his undeniable grace. It goes on for too long, that’s a fact, but it’s never really boring, and there’s always something around the corner to surprise us even more. It’s a true marvel.
Fairbanks, as stated before, couldn’t be more gracious, in fact more than usually, though as likable as ever. Sojin is also great, as is Mathilde Comont, a woman playing the lazy Prince of Persia.
William Cameron Menzies deserves a paragraph of his own for his production design, though the entire work of make-believe of this film deserves applause.
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