The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
FEATURING A COLOR-TINTED PRINT RESTORED BY KEVIN BROWNLOW WITH A STEREO MUSICAL SCORE COMPOSED BY CARL DAVIS.
Program introductions by Douglas Fairbanks author Jeffrey Vance with Tony Maietta.
Silent film legend Douglas Fairbanks delivers one of his most charismatic performances in “The Thief of Bagdad,” a rollicking adventure tale widely considered to be his masterpiece. Presented in celebration of the Academy’s new Douglas Fairbanks book and exhibition, this rare big-screen presentation offered a dazzling display of silent film craftsmanship, highlighted by immense, detailed sets designed by William Cameron Menzies and ingenious visual effects that still impress today.
Dashing, athletic and enormously popular, Fairbanks was a star and citizen of many “firsts.” As the Academy’s first president, he helped develop the country’s first university-level film studies curriculum at USC and personally delivered the first lecture on film appreciation there. He also was a founder of United Artists, and along with his wife Mary Pickford, was the first to be immortalized in the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre footprint ceremony. As a civic leader, Fairbanks’s vision for Beverly Hills resulted in the unique cathedral-like design for the waterworks facility that today serves as the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study, home to the Margaret Herrick Library.
Cast Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Julanne Johnston, Anna May Wong. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Story Elton Thomas (Douglas Fairbanks). Inspired by The Arabian Nights. Scenario Editor Lotta Woods. Cinematography Arthur Edeson. Film Editing William Nolan. Art Direction William Cameron Menzies. Costumes Mitchell Leisen. Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation. United Artists. 35mm. Silent. 155 min.