(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.
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Silent Tuesdays. Although cinema was born in France in the 1890s, the French film industry was decimated after World War I, leading to decreased production as the country rebuilt and capital was restored.
Silent Tuesdays. In a cinema obsessed with swordplay and simple melodrama, Teinosuke Kinugasa created this silent film bordering on the avant-garde in its use of a subjective camera and striking visual effects.
Silent Tuesdays. Douglas Fairbanks is in top form in his follow-up to Robin Hood (1922).