The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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Released 12-Jul-1999
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This spectacular romantic fantasy, in the best tradition of the Arabian Nights, features the boy thief Abu (SABU) who aids the deposed King of Bagdad, Ahmad (JOHN JUSTIN) to try and thwart the evil usurper Jaffar (CONRAD VEIDT). When Ahmad sets eyes on the beautiful Princess (JUNE DUPREZ), daughter of the sultan, he falls hopelessly in love. Sadly, she is promised to Jaffar. Abu and Ahmad embark on a series of fantastic adventures, where they encounter a giant spider's web, a mighty genie and a flying white horse. Begun in Britain and, because of the war, finished in America, the film demonstrates remarkable special effects and brilliant exploitation of the new Technicolor techniques. Vincent Korda's magnificent sets, the strong castings and the amazing photography by the legendary cameraman, Georges Perinal all played their part in the film's success. In recognition of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD's quality and of the new technical standards it set, the film won three Academy Awards for Special Effects, Colour Art Direction and Colour Cinematography.
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John Justin
June Duprez
Conrad Veidt
Rex Ingram
Directed by
Ludwig Berger
Michael Powell
Tim Whelan
Miklos Rosza
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding
Drama 1940 101:47 (Case: 106) 576i (PAL) 2 4
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English Dolby Digital 1.0 (96Kb/s)
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