RELEASES! Les Misérables (2012); The Master (2012) | BASSIC CLASSIC! The thief of Bagdad (1940)

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year! After these special days, we return with great proposals, among themselves to watch a lot of films in English. This firs moth will release several important films of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino or Dustin Hoffman. To begin I recover two of the most important films released in Christmas and a beautiful British classic in Filmoteca. Enjoy it!


One of the greatest musical of ever has a new cinema version, starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman or Helena Bonham Carter, this adaptation is the most important British production of 2012. If you watched the musical you need to compare with this film, it could be curious!

Les Miserables 2

Les Misérables [Los Miserables]-2012 Directed by Tom Hooper

Screenplay: William Nicholson (Novel by Victor Hugo)

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway…

Genre: Drama | Musical

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 152 min.

Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Time has written: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/11/les-miserables-the-youtube-version/



 Paul Thomas Anderson who directed the acclaimed movie Magnolia (1999) returns with The Master, an essay about loneliness and power. It is inspired in the Scienciology Church’s leader but there are not explicit references in it. This is a very intense film that you will like if you enjoy other works of this director as There will be blood (2007) or Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

The Master 2

The Master [The Master]-2012 Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern…

Genre: Drama | Biopic

Nationality: USA

Length: 137 min.

Synopsis: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.IMBb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/sep/01/the-master-review



There are several The Thief of Bagdad’s versions but this is very special. Filmed with a very good taste this British remake is recommended to people who like classic productions, filmed in theatrical sceneries, with beautiful costumes and a touch of magic. Based in Arabian Nights (Las mil y una noches), to watch this film is an absolute pleasure.

The thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad [El ladrón de Bagdad]-1940 Directed by Michael Power

Screenplay: Lajo Biro and Miles Malleson (Based on Arabian Nights)

Cast: John Justin, Sabu, June Duprez, Conrad Veidt, Miles Malleson…

Genre: Fantastic | Adventures

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 109 min.

Synopsis: After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Time Out London has written: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/79226/the-thief-of-bagdad.html



  1. Classic British Film. And Classic Film ever. One of the best adventure movies ever made, with the Arabian Nigths as backdrop. Sabu as Abu the Thief, Rex Ingram as the Genie, the great Conrad Veidt (one of the best actors during the wars interlude, and not as remembered today as he should be) as Jaffar the Vizier, the technicolor, the special effects…all is this film is fantastic, entertaining, and almost magical…This is a classic film for all the family, for to be seen during the Christmas. Many times imited (Disney’s Aladdin is a non-declared remake of this film: we have a thief called Abu, who is the best friend of the main character, a prince called Ahmed, a plump and foolish sultan found of strange mechanical toys and controlled by an evil magician called Jaffar, draped in long black robes, a beautiful princess who is in danger, a genie…), but never matched. If you are fond of classical films, you can not miss this one. If you have never seen this one, you shouldn’t let it pass. If you are devoted to British films, and to the fantastic genre, this one is compulsory.

  2. Thanks, Rosa, for your opinion (in excellent English). Slow to answer but I always read your posts with interest. The Thief of Bagdad is indeed a gem.

  3. I counld’t go to the Filmoteca to watch The Thief of Bagad, but I went to watch another classic British film that you didn’t tell about it here: the Hammer version of The Phantom of the Opera, with the recently deceased Herbert Lom as The Phantom. I am a huge phan, and this version is one of my favourites. It is worth of watching.

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