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Tiger of Bengal (1959)
"Der Tiger von Eschnapur" (original title)

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An architect travels to the remote city of Eschnapur to oversee some work being done at the bequest of the local Maharajah. Along the way the architect meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Seetha the Sheeva dancer
Paul Hubschmid ...
Harald Berger / Henri Mercier in French version
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Maharadjaj Chandra
Claus Holm ...
Dr. Walter Rhodes
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Baharani - Seetha's servant
Valéry Inkijinoff ...
Yama
Sabine Bethmann ...
Irene Rodhes
Angela Portaluri ...
Bäurin (credit only)
René Deltgen ...
Prince Ramigani
Guido Celano ...
General Dagh (credit only)
Jochen Brockmann ...
Padhu - Ramigani's ally
Richard Lauffen ...
Browana
Jochen Blume ...
Asagara - the Engineer
Helmut Hildebrand ...
Ramigani's servant
Victor Francen ...
Penitent (credit only)
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Storyline

An architect travels to the remote city of Eschnapur to oversee some work being done at the bequest of the local Maharajah. Along the way the architect meets and falls in love with a beautiful temple-dancer. The Maharajah also loves this dancer and plans to marry her despite fierce opposition from factions within his own court. The dancer responds to the architect's advances and they flee from Eschnapur but are captured by the Maharajah's soldiers. To save the architect's life, the dancer agrees to marry the Maharajah. This sparks a revolt which is eventually put down. The sadder but wiser Maharajah then allows the architect and the dancer to leave his domain. Written by RC

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Der deutsche Millionen-Film!


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October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le tigre du Bengale  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

In the french-dubbed version, known as "Le tigre du Bengale" - released in July 1959, Debra Paget is dubbed by Michèle Montel, Paul Hubschmid by Michel Roux, Walter Reyer by Jean-Claude Michel, Claus Holm by Daniel Clérice, Sabine Bethmann by Nadine Alari, Rene Deltgen by Yves Brainville and Jochen Blume by Roger Rudel. See more »

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Remake of Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (1921) See more »

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Talkie silent Orient tale
2 January 2002 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

Der Tiger von Eschnapur looks like a silent movie with dialogue. The settings are magnificent and the story telling comes close to Der Müde Tod. Unfortunately the characters will speak and that breaks the magic in it. Especially for the lead actor playing architect Harald Berger: he is awful and it's even worse with the dubbing in the French version. I wonder why Fritz Lang had to make do with him. Perhaps his eyesight was starting to decline. Perhaps he was just not able to shoot his great tragedies of the 20s with dialogue although he prided himself on being a good script doctor. Well, he had to adapt to the American Motion Picture Industry then his Art would be stemmed, obstructed.

The pity is Fritz Lang never topped himself after his marvelous silent works of the 20s. Metropolis is overrated but despite all the wooden sentimentalism in it we have insights of the German director at his best. With M he gave us the best out of the silent era but he never again reach the magic of his previous work. While it took twenty years to Hitchcock to come to the masterpieces he shot in the 50s Lang did not improve his visual mastering. And worst of all the scripts he was handed in Hollywood hardly appealed to his deepest talent whereas he closely engaged in the making of Thea von Harbou's screenplays.


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