Saturday, March 07, 2015

A Throw of Dice

A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) is a 1929 German/Indian/British silent film about 2 kings who each want the beautiful daughter of the hermit. This is a movie worth the watching. I enjoyed the acting, the plot, the lush visual images.... I enjoyed it all.

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The BBC opens its review with this: "Entrancing as it is exotic, silent classic A Throw Of Dice (1929) plays like a fairytale for adults." DVD Talk says, "Directed by the German filmmaker Franz Osten, the story is based on a classic Sanskrit poem called The Mahabharata, and it was shot entirely in India, using the country's landscape and its people to make a love story that reflects the Indian culture." DVD Beaver has an impressive number of screen shots and says, "Shot on location in Rajasthan, the film features over ten thousand extras and an impressive array of horses, elephants and tigers" and also, "the film avoids the clich├ęs of a simplistic morality tale and instead creates a hybrid melodrama, action, and romance."

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