DIRECTOR: VINCENTE MINNELLI
A stylized studio confabulation of ancient Baghdad’s palaces and marketplaces is the setting for Minnelli’s Eastmancolor musical fantasy, in which poor poet Howard Keel is recruited to find the missing son of Jay C. Flippen’s aging thief, thus embarking on a journey that involves curses, court intrigue, and a swoony
romance with then-charting pop idol Vic Damone for daughter Ann Blyth. The sizzling choreography comes courtesy Jack Cole, “The Father of Theatrical Jazz Dance,” who’d done the 1954 Broadway production, and who here fuses Eastern influences with Western razzle-dazzle.
Print courtesy BFI Distribution collection.
Screening as a part of Minnelli Widescreen