THE THIEF OF BAGDAD 4:30 min, color, video, 2003

Oil, flying horses, and tales of liberation swirl together in this Technicolor action-adventure-fantasy starring Charlton Heston as a swaggering Texan empire-builder in Baghdad and Conrad Veidt as his nemesis. The film draws on imagery and dialogue from classic Orientalist cinema to depict a clash of civilizations, Hollywood-style.

Screenings: Tate Modern, London; Berlin Film Festival, Germany; Exit Art, NY; Viper International Festival of Film, Video and New Media, Basel, Switzerland

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD