Sumurun

Sumurun

Cast: Ernst Lubitsch, Pola Negri, Carl Clewig, Jenny Hasselquist

     
 
One Arabian Night is the inadequate American title bestowed upon director Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant German drama Sumurun. In what turned out to be his last on-camera appearance (he was a former slapstick comedian), Lubitsch stars as Yeggar, a hunchbacked clown who works with a travelling carnival. Arab sheik Paul Wegener demands that the troupe's

Overview

One Arabian Night is the inadequate American title bestowed upon director Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant German drama Sumurun. In what turned out to be his last on-camera appearance (he was a former slapstick comedian), Lubitsch stars as Yeggar, a hunchbacked clown who works with a travelling carnival. Arab sheik Paul Wegener demands that the troupe's dancing girl Pola Negri be sequestered in his harem. Yeggar faithfully follows along, and is a horrified witness as Wegener kills Negri for presumed unfaithfulness. The wizened clown vows revenge on the wicked Sheik. Inspired by the popular stage pantomime "The Arabian Nights," Sumurun is the film that encouraged Hollywood to invite Lubitsch into its fold-whereupon the director abandoned melodrama for good and all and concentrated instead on elegant sex comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
UPC:
0738329051624
Original Release:
1921
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Colorized]
Sound:
[silent]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
61,692

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pola Negri Taenzerin (Dancer)
Ernst Lubitsch Buckliger
Carl Clewig The Sheik's Son
Jenny Hasselquist Zuleika, the Sheik's Favorite
Paul Biensfeldt Achmed
Paul Graetz Diener
Max Kronert Diener
Margarete Kupfer Alte Frau
Harry Liedtke Nur-al-Djin, a Merchant
Aud Egede Nissen Haidee, Her Maid
Paul Wegener Der alte Scheich
Jacob Tiedtke Eunuch

Technical Credits
Ernst Lubitsch Director,Screenwriter
Hollander Score Composer
Ali Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Hanns Kraly Screenwriter
Erno Metzner Production Designer
Kurt Richter Production Designer
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sumurun
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. The Harem [6:48]
3. The Young Sheikh [5:01]
4. The Minstrels [5:06]
5. Lovely Vestments [6:43]
6. A Great Misfortune [8:07]
7. Her Salvation [5:16]
8. Showtime [5:56]
9. Souls for Sale [6:03]
10. A Dreadful Solution [4:42]
11. The Hag's Intervention [5:29]
12. Slaves Go Shopping [4:15]
13. Concealing the Evidence [9:10]
14. The Smuggled Guest [5:09]
15. Dealing With the Skeikh [7:53]
16. The Royal Bedchamber [7:38]

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