V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Chu Chin Chow

V' 14

Chu Chin Chow

Walter Forde
GB, 1934
103min, OF

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Chu Chin Chow

Walter Forde
GB, 1934
, 103min, OF

Actors: 
Fritz Kortner
Abu Hassan
Anna May Wong
Zahrat
George Robey
Ali Baba
John Garrick
Nur-al-din Baba, Ali's son
Pearl Argyle
Marjanah, Servant girl
Laurence Hanray
Kassim Baba, Ali's brother
Contributors: 
Original musical comedy
«Chu Chin Chow» (1916) by Oscar Asche and Frederic Norton
Choreography
Anton Dolin
Screenplay: 
Edward Knoblock
L. du Garde Peach
Sidney Gilliat
Camera: 
Mutz Greenbaum
Editor: 
Derek N. Twist
Composer: 
Frederic Norton
Decoration: 
Ernö Metzner
Costume: 
Cathleen Mann

Production: 
Gainsborough Pictures; Gaumont-British Pictures Corp. Ltd, London
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

This opulent film version of the story of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” draws a clear parallel between the robber chief, disguised as a Chinese dealer, and the honest merchant who, on his part, sets out to embark on a robbery operation. With the exception of the young lovers, who are spared, nearly all characters get into trouble because of their greed for money. Kortner’s act – all expressive mimics and rolling eyes – fits the setting perfectly; even the critic of the “Observer” noted: “CHU CHIN CHOW has the advantage of an exciting performance by Fritz Kortner as the Al Capone of the caravans“. Even from the visual point of view, the film’s glittering gems and subtle light and shadow effects are delightful.”

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