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Fritzi Kramer

Thank you so much for joining in with this entry. How fascinating to see the Aladdin story filtered through a different cultural background. But doesn't 21 moles seem like a lot? ;-)

Katherine Matthews

21 moles are essential in order to connect the dots and draw the lamp. I just love that detail, though :-)

Remember, too, that there is some thought that at least some of the stories of the Arabian Nights may have their origin in India -- and Indian filmmakers have embraced this idea and made many, many versions, in many of India's regional languages. The downsides are that many of them aren't available with subtitles, or, for the purposes of a blogathon like this one, were made later than the cutoff date. It's actually really wonderful that Homi Wadia's version exists on DVD with subtitles -- many of his films, especially the Fearless Nadia ones, are no longer available. The ones that are, aren't subtitled. Such a shame for such a terrific contributor to the swashbuckler genre.

Paul M Cobb

How wonderful to see this! I have heard of this version, but have never managed to see it. I feel a sort of professional obligation now. Your comment above pains me though, to think of all the films--not just Wadia's--that have gone missing. Thanks for giving this one a signal-boost!

Katherine Matthews

I think that the Wadias, though, are making great efforts to make sure their film heritage is being preserved, though that doesn't seem to be trickling down to viewer level. I know that the Kapoors have a warehouse full of stuff used in RK productions, but I don't think there's been much effort at actual preservation with that. And, of course, there's now the Film Heritage Foundation, set up in 2014, that is working to uncover and preserve India's film history. I do think it would help if movie lovers would embrace Indian films beyond Ray, though ;-)

Silver Screenings

Wow – what a stunning film! I was nearly blown away by the images you posted. It would have been SO amazing to see this when it was first released on the big screen.

Katherine Matthews

I would dearly love to see it restored and re-released, it is so terrific.

Joe Thompson

That film sounds like fun. "Aladdin offers up veiled requests for the Princess to remove her veil" -- that was a good one. I enjoyed your review.

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