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Friedrich Freksa (pantomime)
Hanns Kräly (scenario)
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25 September 1921 (USA) See more »
Pola Negri As the Wild Desert dancer (1921 One Arabian Night poster) See more »
The favorite slave girl of a tyrannical sheik falls in love with a cloth merchant. Meanwhile, a hunchback clown suffers unrequited love for a traveling dancer who wants to join the harem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ernst Lubitsch ... Yeggar - the Hunchback

Pola Negri ... Yannaia - a Dancer

Paul Wegener ... Der alte Scheich
Jenny Hasselqvist ... Sumurun
Aud Egede-Nissen ... Haidee

Harry Liedtke ... Nur-Al Din
Carl Clewing ... Der junge Scheich
Margarete Kupfer ... Alte Frau
Jakob Tiedtke ... Head Eunuch
Max Kronert ... Muffti, 1st Servant of Nur-al-Djin
Paul Biensfeldt ... Achmed, the Slave Trader
Paul Graetz ... Pufti, 2nd Servant of Nur-al-Djin

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Friedrich Freksa  pantomime
Hanns Kräly  scenario
Ernst Lubitsch  scenario
Richard Rieß  book

Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender 
Victor Hollaender 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Kurt Waschneck 
Art Direction by
Ernö Metzner 
Kurt Richter 
Costume Design by
Ali Hubert 

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Hong Kong:115 min | USA:85 min | 103 min (Kino Print)
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Germany:6 (DVD rating)

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Mildly Fun Pseudo-Historical Spectacle, 6 September 2006
Author: Cineanalyst

"Sumurun" is characteristic of the type of films Ernst Lubitsch made in Germany after he stopped making exuberant, although (from what I've seen) hit or miss, comedies and started making vehicles for Pola Negri. There's sexual intrigue set in a fictional past with decent production values in the surroundings. The multiple story lines in this one coalesce rather well, especially Negri replacing Jenny Hasselqvist as the sexual possession of a sheik played by Paul Wegener (who, in addition to working for Lubitsch, took part in two important early German films: "The Student of Prague" (1913) and "The Golem" (1920)). And, the light, sometimes sarcastic, treatment is appreciated. But, the film is forgettable and mostly just fluffy. Some of the staging is awkward, as well, perhaps due to the source and director's theatrical traditions. Lubitsch was very successful with these types of pictures, though--paving the way for the exportation of German cinema and the emigration of himself to Hollywood.

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