Film Reviews, Short Review

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)


An extravaganza, but little more than that. The Thief of Bagdad is ultimately one special effects sequence after another, a drearily tiring precursor to the CGI-stuffed bonanzas of today. Granted, the film is beautiful to look at, with the utmost attention being paid to the sets and costumes to make the film look as continually dazzling throughout, and Conrad Veidt’s cackling villain Jaffar is great fun to boot. But otherwise, it’s extremely difficult to care about anything else that goes on in this film. The old-school cheesiness of it begins to grate after a while rather than charm, and whilst the special effects are cool, a good film they do not make.


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