The Thief of Bagdad

Diane Nerwen

2003, 04:30 minutes, colour, English


Oil, flying horses, and tales of liberation swirl together in this Technicolor action-adventure-fantasy starring Charlton Heston as a swaggering Texan empire-builder in Baghdad and Conrad Veidt as his nemesis. The film draws on imagery and dialogue from classic Orientalist cinema to depict a clash of civilizations, Hollywood-style.

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