The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Georges Périnal)
Academy Award for Best Special EffectsAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Score (Miklós Rózsa)Award details: (details at IMDb)
The Thief of Bagdad is a 1940 British Technicolor fantasy film produced by Alexander Korda, and directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, with contributions by Korda's brothers Vincent and Zoltán, and William Cameron Menzies. The film starred child actor Sabu, also Conrad Veidt, John Justin, and June Duprez. Although the film was produced by Alexander Korda's company London Films in England, due to the outbreak of World War II, filming was completed in California. The film won the Academy Awards for Cinematography, Art Direction and Special Effects and marks the first major use of bluescreening in film. It was also nominated for Original Music Score. Although this production is a remake of the 1924 version, the two films have significant differences; most significantly, the thief and the prince are separate characters in the 1940 version.