“The Thief of Bagdad” Steals into NYC

New York, NY (December 4, 2008) — “The Thief of Bagdad” will return to the big screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ celebration of Douglas Fairbanks, Hollywood’s first action-adventure star, in a special “Monday Nights with Oscar®” series screening on Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. The film will be presented from a pristine restored print with live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

“The Thief of Bagdad” will be presented in conjunction with the publication of the Academy’s new book Douglas Fairbanks by Jeffrey Vance, with Tony Maietta and photographic editor Robert Cushman. As part of the celebration, Vance and Maietta will participate in a book signing following the screening. Douglas Fairbanks is available for purchase wherever books are sold.

Directed by Raoul Walsh, “The Thief of Bagdad” tells the story of a thief who falls in love with a princess, the daughter of the caliph. To win her hand, the thief must embark on a journey to recover a magic chest. The film features inventive special effects on elaborate sets designed by William Cameron Menzies.

Silent film expert Kevin Brownlow oversaw the film’s restoration, which reproduces the tinting it featured upon its original release. The screening is made possible by arrangement with Photoplay Productions and Douris UK.

In addition to establishing himself as one of motion picture’s greatest stars with such swashbucklers as “The Mark of Zorro,” “Robin Hood,” “The Gaucho,” and The Black Pirate,” Fairbanks also was one of Hollywood’s most respected citizens. He served as the Academy’s first president, and through the organization he helped develop the first university-level film studies curriculum, personally delivering the first lecture in film appreciation at USC. Fairbanks 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. His civic leadership and vision for Beverly Hills resulted in the unique design for the waterworks facility that today serves as the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study, home to the Margaret Herrick Library.

Tickets for “The Thief of Bagdad” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased through the Academy's online ticketing system at www.oscars.org. There are no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may also be purchased by mail or at the door on the night of the event (subject to availability). The box office opens at 5 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. All seating is unreserved.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
(310) 247-3090
tmelidonian@oscars.org

Harvey Bolgla
(212) 388-1400
hbolgla@dba-pr.com

Sara Trujillo
(212) 388-1400
strujillo@dba-pr.com