The Thief of Bagdad(Raoul Walsh) 1924 **** 5/27/2016

Douglas Fairbanks is lithe and acrobatic as a roguish thief in an Oriental fantasy of the Arabian Nights.  There is a princess, and he falls in love and must prove himself beyond his birth to win her though she loves him.  There are high-born suitors to overcome and the deceitful machinations of the Mongol Khan.  The images on the screen are stained with lush colored dyes suiting the mood, and the costumes and world photographed are sumptuous & dreamlike, a veritable fantasy.  The somnolent, transporting beginning and end of the picture boasts its enchanting epigram: “Happiness must be earned.”  Even Said could fall under this movie’s spell.

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