Cover image for Sumurun [an oriental play in six acts]
Title:
Sumurun [an oriental play in six acts]
Author:
Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947, director, author of screenplay, actor.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Kino International, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
In this blending of melodrama and comedy, the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant is interwoven with several other related stories.
General Note:
Based on the pantomime by Friedrich Freska.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1920.

Film employs tinted sequences.

"Reconstructed by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, Wiesbaden through L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna and Národni Fimovy Archiv, Prague under the direction of Enno Patalas."

Special features: Gallery of images; Lubitsch filmography.
Language:
English
UPC:
738329051624

738329057626
Format :
DVD

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One Arabian Night is the inadequate American title bestowed upon director Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant German drama Sumurun. In what turned out to be his last on-camera appearance (he was a former slapstick comedian), Lubitsch stars as Yeggar, a hunchbacked clown who works with a travelling carnival. Arab sheik Paul Wegener demands that the troupe's dancing girl Pola Negri be sequestered in his harem. Yeggar faithfully follows along, and is a horrified witness as Wegener kills Negri for presumed unfaithfulness. The wizened clown vows revenge on the wicked Sheik. Inspired by the popular stage pantomime "The Arabian Nights", Sumurun is the film that encouraged Hollywood to invite Lubitsch into its fold-whereupon the director abandoned melodrama for good and all and concentrated instead on elegant sex comedies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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