27.1.12

The Thief of Bagdad 1940









This is the third installment regarding movie adaptations from 1001 Nights.  During the onset of WWII this British production was made taking many of the themes from the tale from 1924. This colour movie holds up in terms of many of its special effects, considering the time. While this adaptation is seemingly less dream like than the 1924 version, its palate of pastels is visually engaging. It is a shame, that to my knowledge, none of the set models or background paintings have survived.  The movie also encouraged a jewelry line production, allowing women to walk around with a bejeweled "Sultan" lapel in addition to other characters in the movie. 

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