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The Thief of Bagdad

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre

(Raoul Walsh, US 1924, 155 min., DCP)

Silent Tuesdays. Douglas Fairbanks is in top form in his follow-up to Robin Hood (1922). Loosely adapted from One Thousand and One Nights, this story of Ahmed the thief takes a sharp turn when he falls in love with a caliph’s daughter on one of his night raids. He must compete for her hand with three other princely suitors. The princess sets forth a challenge: After seven months, whoever provides her with the rarest item shall be her husband. With the original tinting restored to this print, Fairbanks’s athletic antics are matched by William Cameron Menzies’s eye-popping sets and state-of-the-art special effects.

Live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli.