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A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. Written by
And here's another one of George Melies' truly MAGICAL contributions to early cinema: an exotic tale of '1001 Nights', with miraculously moving set pieces, fireworks, monsters and skeletons (which even remind us of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, which were produced exactly 100 years later, and of course with the help of ALL kinds of computer effects...), through which the fearless hero has got to fight his way in order to gain the beautiful Arabian Princess... And all the time, the pictures are accompanied by a most beautiful, exotic music score, which virtually LURES us into the world of '1001 Nights'!
There's no doubt that this WONDERFUL work had inspired Douglas Fairbanks while making his GRAND fairy tale movie "Thief of Bagdad" - which, in turn, inspires directors and scriptwriters unto this day... So, once again we get the proof while admiring this fantastic piece from the very early days of cinema: it ALL seems to go back to... Georges Melies!
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