The Thief of Bagdad (Silent)

A roguish thief encounters evil magicians and mythical creatures in an Arabian Nights fantasy. Raoul Walsh's masterpiece of the silent cinema.
The Thief of Bagdad (Silent)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 18, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1924
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Happiness must be earned."

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 2,291
Using a panoply of optical and mechanical effects Fairbanks leads the viewer through a range of magical worlds.
New York Times
Feb 22, 2013
It is like reading the Arabian Nights at one sitting, with only six minutes allowed to stretch the limbs and get the contrast of a workaday world. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 2, 2011
Korda's version of 1940 has the quirks and the luscious colour, but this one has the electric energy. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Technology may have changed drastically in the nearly 90 years since this movie was produced, but some things never go out of style. Full Review
Three Movie Buffs
Dec 7, 2014
The film's 149-minute running time might test the patience of even the most devout silent film fan, but the decadent costumes, elaborate sets, and Fairbanks's copious talents provide more than enough baroque pleasure to pass the time. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Jun 14, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Propelled by the actor's acrobatic stunts and groundbreaking special effects, Thief of Bagdad is pure pleasure. Full Review
Oregonian
May 27, 2013
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD was a major event in the '20s, and still feels major now. -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club
Feb 20, 2013

Description by OLDIES.com:

In the ancient dream city of Bagdad, Ahmed (Douglas Fairbanks) is a handsome rogue of a thief whose heart is stolen by the beautiful daughter of the Caliph. The ruler declares that the hand of the princess will belong to the one who brings back the world's rarest treasure. Ahmed must compete with the great princes of the earth using only his resourcefulness, bravery, and charm. He embarks on a mystical quest and must overcome horrific obstacles, terrifying monsters and Mongol hordes to survive. This spectacular and award-winning motion picture is a visual feast. With magnificent, imaginative sets and special effects that astounded audiences, it was the most expensive film of the era, costing over $2 million when produced in 1924. This epic features the kind of charismatic performance by Douglas Fairbanks that made him a superstar. The Thief Of Bagdad is recognized as one of the greatest silent films of all time.

Product Description:

In this silent classic, Douglas Fairbanks is superb as a mischievous thief who, with the help of a genie's magic, tries to outwit the evil ruler of Bagdad. A wondrous, fantastic adventure, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD showcases the talents of Fairbanks--the first and greatest of film swashbucklers. With the help of a magic rope and a magic carpet, the hero woos a beautiful princess and faces many mortal dangers, including fierce dragons, blazing fires, and swelling waters, in his quest to prove himself worthy of her love.

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Production Notes:

  • THE THIEF OF BAGDAD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
  • Elton Thomas is a pseudonym for actor Douglas Fairbanks.
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ALPHA VIDEO'S SILENT FILMS ARE THE BEST Movie Lover: from FORT WAYNE INDIANA -- October, 28, 2004

AS ALWAYS ALPHA VIDEO HAS DONE IT AGAIN! THEY HAVE RELEASED ANOTHER AFFORDABLE CLASSIC FROM HOLLYWOODS GREAT SILENT ERA. THIS TITLE IS A "MUST" FOR ANY SERIOUS MOVIE COLLECTOR.


Atmosphere, Adventure, and Action Movie Lover: from California -- August, 1, 2004

Very satisfying! A lowly thief falls for the princess, and and competes with her noble suitors--including an evil khan who schemes to conquer the city. Magic is alive in old Bagdad, but love is the strongest enchantment of all.
This movie is long but the action keeps galloping along. The actors are very theatrical, as they cannot speak to express their emotions. The sets are lavish, the special effects surprisingly good. The music will get repetetive, but you'll hardly notice. They don't make 'em like this anymore.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 26,525
  • UPC: 089218412997
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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