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The Indian Tomb (1959)

Das indische Grabmal (original title)
A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Werner Jörg Lüddecke (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Debra Paget ... Seetha
Paul Hubschmid ... Harald Berger / Henri Mercier in French Version
Walther Reyer ... Maharadjaj Chandra
Claus Holm ... Dr. Walter Rhode
Sabine Bethmann ... Irene Rhode
René Deltgen ... Prince Ramigani
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Yama (as Inkijinoff)
Jochen Brockmann Jochen Brockmann ... Padhu - Ramigani's ally
Richard Lauffen Richard Lauffen ... Bhowana
Jochen Blume Jochen Blume ... Asagara - the Engineer
Helmut Hildebrand Helmut Hildebrand ... Ramigani's servant
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Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur's maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won't look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water. Meanwhile his sister Irene and brother-in-law Dr. Walter Rhode, the architect who refuses to build a tomb to bury Seetah alive for scorning the ruler's love before the hospital he was asked for, guess the truth, and try to make their assigned Indian servant Asagara talk, who dreads incriminating his sovereign. She can't believe Chandra's claim Harald was killed on a tiger-hunt, and the architect finds the bloody shirt he produces doesn't have the button she mended. Prince Ramigani plots seizing Chandra's throne with rajah Padhu, courtiers and the corrupt General Dagh, as soon as Chandra ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Der deutsche Millionen-Film!

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Country:

West Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indian Tomb See more »

Filming Locations:

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Budget:

DEM 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While in India Fritz Lang had also hoped to make "Kali Yung " about the Thuggee cult, but it fell through. See more »

Goofs

One can see the horizontal wire which is supporting the head of the cobra. See more »

Crazy Credits

Based on an original story by Thea Von Harbou made famous by Richard Eichberg. See more »

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Edited into Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) See more »

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Excellent
29 November 2008 | by rbloom333See all my reviews

Second part of Fritz Lang's bizarre epic about Indian mysticism shot for television and cut into two features by the studio (the other part being The Tiger of Eschnapur); it's a brilliantly executed pulpy and humorous masterpiece, with breathtaking color cinematography and elaborate set design which rivals the underworld city in Metropolis. Lang really celebrates the artifice of film, and his uncanny sense for mise-en scene proves his mastery of the craft. It's certainly a strange work and perhaps a bit hackneyed, but one should keep an open mind and sink in to the vivid images and spectacular naive tale of power and magic.


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