Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
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Sun, Mar 23, 2014
2:00pm
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CLASSICS FROM THE COHEN FILM COLLECTION
90th Anniversary! Presentation by Historian Tracey Goessel!
"Douglas Fairbanks and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD" / THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
This program is part of our monthly series of treasures from the Cohen Film Collection.
Douglas Fairbanks historian Tracey Goessel will give a 30-minute illustrated presentation on Fairbanks and his work on THE THIEF OF BAGDAD on the exact 90th anniversary of its original premiere. In July 1924, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD opened at the Egyptian Theatre. Following the presentation is a screening of this energetic classic silent film which features cutting-edge special effects for its day - and Anna Mae Wong! She will also display some Fairbanks artifacts from her collection. Feature begins at 2:45 PM.
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)
1924, Warner Bros., 155 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

Raoul Walsh performs a high-wire act as director and comes out the winner in this magical melange of fantasy and fun. Working with his good friend, actor-producer Douglas Fairbanks, proved a match made in Hollywood heaven. Walsh's fine, realistic tone keeps Fairbanks in check as the actor tries again and again to go for physical hijinks and enough balletic action to take the audience's breath away. There are special effects galore, some of them straight from Walsh's imagination. Production design by the great William Cameron Menzies adds just the right zing to Fairbanks' and Walsh's vision in this tale about a clever thief named Ahmed who steals the heart of a princess and must win her love in the end. It's an Arabian Nights fantasy that Walsh infuses with gusto and bravado. The sets are sumptuous and the characters deliciously entertaining in this landmark silent film, one of the highlights of Walsh's earlier career. Also featuring the seductive Anna May Wong and a beautiful Julanne Johnston. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


Screening format: DCP
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Mar 23, 2014 • 2:00pm
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