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Kismet

Forgotten Films

There are certain celebrities who don’t just play unique characters…they ARE a unique character. Take someone like Jack Nicholson…the crazy eyes, the distinctive voice, the sunglasses at the Oscars. In some ways, he’s like a cartoon character. I guess much of my experience with Marlene Dietrich is actually with cartoon character versions of her. Her look and voice were so often parodied in golden age cartoons, so watching her in the 1944 film “Kismet” felt a bit like I was watching a cartoon.

The story concerns Hafiz (Ronald Colman), Baghdad’s king of the beggars. He is a beggar, magician, and occasional thief, who also spends some of his time disguised as a prince. One day, while in his royal disguise, he meets Lady Jamilla (Dietrich), head wife of the Grand Vizier (Edward Arnold). Jamilla is the most pale, German-sounding, middle-eastern woman there ever was, and she starts to take quite…

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