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Fritz Lang's Indian Epic

1959, Fritz Lang, Germany, 101 min.
With Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 11th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 11th 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 13th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 13th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 14th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 16th 6:00pm
New 4K restorations!

"A dazzling achievement…There is nothing in cinema like it. I'll go even further: It has the only cave in movies that's worthy of Plato's."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Placing Movies

"Sumptuous films, bursting with magic, danger, spectacle, and pageantry, the Indian epic showed the director luxuriating as never before in his romantic imagination."—Patrick McGilligan, Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

After a 25-year absence from Germany, Lang was given a free hand and a large budget to resurrect a project he had intended to direct in the early 1920s. Often referred to as the Indian Epic and released in two parts (THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB), the serial-style story centers on the love triangle between a German architect (Paul Hubschmid), an Indian Maharajah (Walther Reyer), and a temple dancer of uncertain origin (American star Debra Paget, who easily steals the show with her eye-popping exotic dances). Also featured are elephants, Orientalist tropes, endless underground passages, a cave full of lepers, a divinely guided spider, and the towering statue of a full-breasted Goddess. The real star is Lang's sense of visual design—a non-stop feast of richly orchestrated colors and sumptuous but lucidly patterned sets. A major box-office hit in Europe, Lang's epic was dumped into U.S. release in a dubbed 95-minute version. This new 4K restoration brings back his original version in its full-length Technicolor glory. In German with English subtitles. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR or THE INDIAN TOMB, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $5; Students $4; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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