The legend of Aladdin and his magic lamp: Aladdin finds a magic lamp which brings him wealth, luxury, and marriage to a princess. But his rival, an evil magician, steals the lamp for ...
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The legend of Aladdin and his magic lamp: Aladdin finds a magic lamp which brings him wealth, luxury, and marriage to a princess. But his rival, an evil magician, steals the lamp for himself. Aladdin must regain the lamp or lose everything.Written by
Aladdin is only a poor boy until he finds a magical lamp where a demonic sort of genie lives inside. The genie gives him his heart's desire which sees Aladdin becoming wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. However with the genie willing to grain wishes to whoever holds the magic lamp, surely it is only a matter of time before something or someone comes to take away all he has.
The first thing you notice about this hundred year old silent film from Pathé is the bright vibrant colours across every frame. I had seen hand colouring used in other silent films of the period but never to this extent at times it looks like there is very little not coloured on the screen. It really adds visually to the film and works especially well when Aladdin get richer as the colours used also get richer and fuller at the same time. The span of the story is also impressive, with multiple scenes and sets at a time when films were still on average very short and quite basic in terms of what they tried to do.
Well worth a look then as another example of the important role that French studio Pathé had in early cinema.
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