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Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth (1921)

Das indische Grabmal erster Teil - Die Sendung des Yoghi (original title)

Director:

Joe May

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Thea von Harbou (novel), Fritz Lang (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Olaf Fønss Olaf Fønss ... Herbert Rowland (as Olaf Fönss)
Mia May ... Irene Amundsen - Herberts Braut / Fiancée
Conrad Veidt ... Ayan III / Fürst von Eschnapur / The Majarajah of Bengal
Erna Morena ... Savitri - die Fürstin / the Princess
Bernhard Goetzke ... Ramigani 'Rami' - Yoghi / a Yogi
Lya De Putti ... Mirrjha - Savitrid Stubenmädchen / Servant (as Lya de Putti)
Paul Richter ... MacAllen - englisher Offizier / an English Officer
Georg John ... Büßer / a Penitent
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indian Tomb: Part I, the Mission of the Yogi See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Intertitle Card: "The Indian Tomb" asks knowledge of the mysterious magic forces that are special to the Indian penitents - Yogis. Laws of nature do not apply to the Yogi in the ecstasy of willpower, and it is said that he can even conquer death. The aspiration of the Indian penitent is to achieve Nirvana, the state of complete surrender. To achieve the highest purity by deadening all senses, the Yogis have themselves buried alive. If the Yogi is revived from this sleep of death, he must fulfill his awakener's ...
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Alternate Versions

In 2000, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version produced by David Shepard. It has music arranged and performed by Eric Beheim, English intertitles by Ulrich Ruedel, and runs 118 minutes. See more »

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Remade as The Indian Tomb (1959) See more »

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Lavish, fun silent epic beautifully restored on DVD
6 October 2006 | by FANatic-10See all my reviews

"The Indian Tomb" features a sprawling, epic story, eye-popping sets and costumes and a cast of hundreds if not thousands. If you're in the mood for an old-fashioned, exotic adventure of the type that would be impossible to produce nowadays its a good bet for you. This is a two-part film and the DVD with both parts is three-and-a-half hours long, so be prepared for a few nights viewing. Its also rather slow going at times, with some scenes being dragged out a bit too much for modern viewers, but overall I found it a treat to watch.

The most impressive actors to me were Conrad Veidt as the Rajah and Bernhard Goetzke as Ramigani the Yogi. Both have rather amazing and memorable faces. Goetzke's presence is remarkable and he was just as impressive in the same year playing Death in Fritz Lang's "Der Mude Tod". He is unknown today, possible because it looks as if he appeared in several Nazi productions in WWII so was perhaps blacklisted afterwards, but he was quite memorable in these two performances, the only two pieces of his work I have seen. I was not very impressed, however, by the nominal leads of the film, Olaf Fanss as the architect who travels to India to build a tomb for the Rajah and Mia May as his sweetheart. They both seem a bit too middle-aged and stodgy to be the center of all this intrigue, but perhaps that was the style of the times. The decidedly pudgy Ms. May, who was married to the film's director, Joe May, was reputedly 37 when the film was made, but could pass for 57 and in certain scenes has an unfortunate resemblance to George Washington in a dress. It was a big mistake in the "sacrifice" scene to put her in a bare-midriff outfit.

Still, this film is good nostalgic fun with man-eating tigers, leper colonies, globe-trotting action, all-powerful yogis and insanely jealous rajahs. Only Steven Spielberg could get away with it nowadays.


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