Trailer of the Day: The Thief of Bagdad

Thief of Bagdad

One of the most thrilling epics of the silent era and Douglas Fairbanks’s personal favorite, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD shows him at the top of his charming, acrobatic game. Adapted from ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, the story revolves around a thief (Fairbanks) who falls in love with the daughter (Julanne Johnston) of the Caliph of Bagdad. So overcome with love that he refuses to be deceptive about his true identity, Fairbanks’s thief still has the chance to win the fair maiden by bringing back the world’s rarest treasures. Thus begins a rousing fantasy replete with flying carpets, winged horses, and underwater sea monsters. Exquisite camerawork and lavish sets by William Cameron Menzies support early special effects to make a wildly entertaining spectacle. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996 and voted one of the top ten classic American films by the American Film Institute in 2008, the film’s new digital restoration and score by Carl Davis (NAPOLEON) make it look like yesterday. (149 mins.)

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD screens Thursday, May  23 through Saturday, May 25 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

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