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Feature: Story of Abu-Bagdad Gajadonga :Unveiled
Idlebrain is bringing you the review of English 'The Thief of Baghdad', a 1940 Hollywood blockbuster and Academy Award winner. Chiru is acting in a sequel to this film. A telugu version of this film is getting shaped up for summer release. Suresh Krishna, who made a blockbuster 'Master' with Chiru is directing the Telugu version. Chiru is playing the hero role 'Abu'. This film boasts of Hollywood technicians who worked for special effects marvels like 'The Mummy'.
The Thief of Bagdad
Release in: 1940
Running Time: 120 minutes
Director: Ludwig Berger
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Keywords: native, boy, magic, evil, fantasy, outwit, robbery, genie
Plot Lines: Wish-fulfillment, Fantasy-world, Robbery(escapades), Family-interaction

The credited line-up of six directors-Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies and Alexander Korda-should be indication enough that the 1940 The Thief of Baghdad is no ordinary sword and sandal romp. This Technicolor Arabian Nights extravaganza is widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) fantasy films of the pre-computer technology era. The title character, named Abu (and engagingly played by Sabu), befriends a ragged young man named Ahmed (John Justin), who happens to be the rightful prince of Baghdad. The prince has been usurped by his evil vizier Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), who hopes to expand his power by marrying the breathtakingly lovely princess of Basra (June Duprez). To win the princess' hand, Jaffar keeps the childlike King (Miles Malleson, who cowrote the screenplay with Lajos Biro) preoccupied with mechanical toys. Once the king has promised the princess' hand to Jaffar, he is disposed of by one of those very toys, a winged horse. The prince and Abu try to stop Jaffar, only to be thwarted by the vizier's magical powers: the prince is struck blind, while Abu is transformed into a dog. It wouldn't do for the bad guy to win this early in the game, thus Abu, returned to human form, finds himself on a deserted beach. Stumbling across an odd-looking bottle, Abu inadvertently releases the bottle's occupant: a gigantic, bombastic genie (Rex Ingram). The genie intends to crush Abu to death, but the wily thief tricks him back into the bottle. In exchange for his freedom, the genie agrees to grant Abu three wishes....and at this point, the film really begins to percolate, what with that "All Seeing Eye" gem, golden arrow and magic carpet added to the formula. If elements of The Thief of Baghdad sound familiar, it is because the film was used as the model for the 1992 Disney animated feature Aladdin. Even allowing for the much-improved technical wherewithal at Disney's disposal, nothing has dimmed the lustre of the multi-Oscar-winning The Thief of Baghdad, the sort of film that invariably elicits the reaction "They just don't make 'em like that any more!"
-- Hal Erickson

Conrad Veidt - Jaffar
Sabu - Abu
June Duprez - Princess
John Justin - Prince
Achmad Rex Ingram - Djinni
Miles Malleson - Old Sultan
Morton Selten - Old King

Mary Morris - Halima
Bruce Winston - Merchant
Hay Petrie - Astrologer
Adelaide Hall - Singer
Roy Emerton - Jailer
Allan Jeayes - Storyteller
William Cameron Menzies - Associate Producer
John Armstrong - Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Messel - Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcel Vertes - Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Clayton - Asst. Director
William Cameron Menzies - Asst. Director
Ludwig Berger - Director
Michael Powell - Director
Tim Whelan - Director
Charles Crichton - Editor
William W. Hornbeck - Editor
Miklos Rozsa - Composer (Music Score)
Muir Mathieson - Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Krasker - Camera Operator
Vincent Korda - Production Designer
Georges PTrinal - Cinematographer
Osmond H. Borradaile - Cinematographer
David B. Cunyngehame - Production Manager
Alexander Korda - Producer
Zoltan Korda - Producer
Lawrence W. Butler - Special Effects
Tom Howard - Special Effects
John Mills - Special Effects
A.W. Watkins - Sound/Sound Designer
Miles Malleson - Screenwriter
Lajos Biro - Screenwriter
Category Nominee Year Award
Best Art Direction Vincent Korda 1940 Academy
Best Cinematography Georges PTrinal 1940 Academy
Best Score Miklos Rozsa 1940 Academy
Best Visual Effects Lawrence W. Butler 1940 Academy
Films Presented Ludwig Berger 1946 Venice Film Festival
Films Presented Michael Powell 1946 Venice Film Festival
Films Presented Tim Whelan 1946 Venice Film Festival
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