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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

'The finest Technicolor effort ever achieved' THE SPECTATOR
'Remains one of the great kitscb adventure films of all time' THE GUARDIAN

This spectacular romantic fantasy, in the best tradition of the Arabian Nights, features the boy thief Abu (SABU) who aids the deposed King of Bagdad, Ahmad (JOHN JUSTIN) to try and thwart the evil usurper Jaffar (CONRAD VEIDT). When Ahmad sets eyes on the beautiful Princess (JUNE DUPREZ), daughter of the Sultan, he fails hopelessly in love. Sadly, she is promised to Jaffar. Abu and Ahmad embark on a series of fantastical adventures, where they encounter a giant spiders web, a mighty genie and a flying white horse, in an attempt to rescue her.

Begun in Britain and, because of the war, finished in America, the film demonstrates remarkable special effects and brilliant exploitation of the new Technicolor techniques.

Vincent Korda's magnificent sets, the strong castings and the amazing photography by the legendary cameraman, Georges Périnal all played their part in the film's success.

In recognition of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD's quality and of the new technical standards it set, the film won three Academy Awards for Special Effects, Colour Art Direction and Colour Cinematography.

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