The Tiger Of Eschnapur (Tiger Of Bengal) (Der Tiger von Eschnapur)

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(out of 5)


Fritz Lang’s two-part adventure film is in German but set in India, the first part ending with a cliffhanger which continues to the second installment, The Indian Tomb.  Engineer  is travelling to the kingdom of Eschnapur to supervise the creation of a new palatial complex, meeting en route a gorgeous dancer (, dialogue dubbed) who has been invited by the prince to perform and, unbeknownst to her, be made his bride.  Paget and Hubschmid fall madly in love, which only leads to danger for them as they arrive in an exotic land where they will not only incur the prince’s jealous wrath but will also step into an impending rivalry between the leader and his ambitious brother.  The plotting is somewhat lax in excitement (it doesn’t actually need to be two films, one would have covered it all), but Lang was always the unstoppable image maker and here he does not disappoint.  The view of India has about as much connection to reality as Oz does to Kansas, he’s actually setting an Arabian Nights-like tale in the wrong country (and using white people in brownface to tell it), but if you can get into the Saturday Matinee flavor of it, the kind of film that inspired Raiders Of the Lost Ark or even The Purple Rose of Cairo, you’ll be dazzled by the enormous sets and deliriously beautiful cinematography.


West Germany/France/Italy, 1959

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the novel Das Indische Grabmal by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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