Family Matinee: Once Upon A Time
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
dirs. Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, UK, 1940, Digital, 106 min.
Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The
Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an
eye-popping effects pioneer 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.
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