Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB

September 27, 2019

October 3, 2019

Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, New York

Event Description

 

(Two Films, Separate Admissions)

NEW 4K RESTORATION

THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR

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(Part I, Approx. 101 min)
FRI 12:30   2:30    6:30
SAT/SUN 12:50   4:50   8:50
MON 12:30   8:30
TUE 2:30   4:30   6:30   8:30
WED 12:30   4:30  8:30
THURS 2:30   6:30

THE INDIAN TOMB

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(Part II, Approx. 102 min)
FRI 4:30   8:30
SAT/SUN 2:50   6:50
MON 2:30   4:30   6:30
TUE 12:30
WED 2:30
THU 12:30   4:30   8:30

(1959) Architect Paul Hubschmid, en route to the (mythical) Eschnapur to build schools and hospitals, fends off a tiger that’s attacked Eurasian dancer Debra Paget (Broken Arrow, The Ten Commandments and erstwhile Elvis leading lady), then falls hard – but the maharajah who’s hired him may have other ideas. Dazzlingly shot in color on previously closed-to-the-public Indian locations, with Paget’s risqué snake dance (in an apparently glued-on costume) a highlight. Previously seen in the U.S. in a cut-in-half version, this is Lang’s completely restored epic. Lang’s return to Germany, via India, was also a return to a silent film he co-scripted with then-wife Thea von Harbou but didn’t get to direct. DCP. Total runtime of both films approx. 203 min.

A Film Movement Release

REVIEWS

“One of Lang’s most formal achievements. Above all, here are two films to be looked at.”
– Chris Petit, Time Out (London)

“An utterly glorious late testimonial and summative work from one of cinema’s titans.”
– Roderick Heath, Film Freedonia

“A clear precursor to the Indiana Jones series… Perhaps Lang’s most open-aired use of color, and wonderful, late-period entertainment.”
– Jeffrey Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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