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Basics Critics:89Viewers:72Rusty:76
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Action/Adventure, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Adventure Film, Costume drama, Family, Fantasy, Action Film, Action/Adventure, DramaRuntime: 102 - 106 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, England, USADirector: Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies, Ludwig BergerScreenwriter: Lajos Bíró, Miles MallesonMusic: Miklós RózsaCinematography: Georges PérinalStars: Conrad Veidt, John Justin, Sabu Dastagir, June Duprez, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Bruce Winston, Mary Morris, Rex Ingram, Adelaide Hall, Hay PetrieProducer: Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron MenziesStudio: London FilmsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color (Vincent Korda)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Georges Périnal)
Academy Award for Best Special Effects
Award 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.

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