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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)


A remake of the 1924 Douglas Fairbanks-starring film (also in the festival’s program!), but also a completely new Technicolor fantasy which captured the imagination of generations of viewers. Betrayed by a magician (Conrad Veidt), the young king of Baghdad (John Justin) with the help of a thief (Sabu) attempts to regain his throne – but before that can happen the protagonists face a series of dangerous adventures. The Thief of Bagdad, produced by Hungarian-born Alexander Korda, is a daring fantasy based on Arabian motifs, and a classic family film. You can find echoes of this version both in George Lucas’ Star Wars and Disney’s Aladdin, but Korda’s work, filled with trick photography and special effects, invited the war-weary audience on a magic carpet ride: it offered an experience of lightness and admiration for the world, an escapist journey beyond the boundaries of reality.

Sebastian Smoliński

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DATE

April 9, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Zbyszek

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 13, 2024

TIME

12:45 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

The Thief of Bagdad

ORIGINAL TITLE

The Thief of Bagdad

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

Polish

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

106 min

YEAR

1940

COUNTRY

SALES

Parc Circus

TRIGGER WARNING

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PRODUCER

Alexander Korda

PRODUCTION

Alexander Korda Films, London Film Productions

CAST

Conrad Veidt, Sabu, John Justin, June Duprez, Rex Ingram

SCREENPLAY

Miles Malleson, Lajos Biró, Miklós Rózsa

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Georges Périnal (colour)

EDITING

Charles Crichton

SCORE

Miklós Rózsa

COSTUME DESIGN

John Armstrong, Oliver Messel, Marcel Vertès

ART DIRECTION

Vincent Korda

DECADE

AWARDS

Academy Awards for cinematography (Georges Périnal) and art direction (Vincent Korda)

EDITION