Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 121: Monday Apr 30

The Thief of Bagdad (Berger, Powell & Whelan, 1940): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm
This is a Passport to Cinema season screening and will be introduced by Ian Christie.

Time Out review:
'A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects, this Korda-produced epic for grown-up kids is basically Star Wars meets The Arabian Nights with its plot of an all-seeing eye stolen from a Tibetan temple. The highlight has to be the genie (Ingram) who escapes from the bottle, thoughSabu the elephant boy lends just that dash of imperialist sentiment to lift it into camp. Magical, classically entertaining, and now revalued by Hollywood moguls Lucas and Coppola, it was made fitfully in Britain during the World War II Blitz (but completed in Hollywood) by a team of directors spearheaded by the remarkable Powell.'
Here is the trailer.

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