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The Indian Tomb (1921)

Cast: Erna Morena, Erna Morena, Conrad Veidt, more...
Director: Joe May, Joe May
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Classic Action/Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Silent, Silent Action, Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Silent Adventure, Silent Action/Adventure
Running Time: 212 min.
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Synopsis
Even though Americans embraced The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, they seemed a bit puzzled by this fanciful German-made melodrama. Three Oxford graduates -- Robert Allen (Paul Richter), Carl Langland (Olaf Fonss) and Indian Prince Ayan (Conrad Veidt) -- pledge to remain devoted to one another. It doesn't take long for the oath to be broken, as the prince believes that his wife, Princess Savitri (Erma Morini), has been unfaithful with Allen. He decides to bury his wife alive and has Yogi Ramigami (Berhard Goetze) travel to England to fetch Langland. But when he orders his old pal to build him a tomb, he refuses. The prince holds him prisoner, and his fiancee, Laura Valmy (Mia May), comes looking for him. She too is captured and Ayan, with Ramigami's help, subjects all of them -- Langland, Allen and Laura -- to cruel torture. Finally Langland tries to rescue Savitri from the prince's troops by carrying her across a suspension bridge, but she sacrifices herself by cutting the bridge's ropes and falling to her death. Meanwhile, the prince renounces his religion, damning him to a fate worse than death. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

Although directed by Joe May, the film was written by Fritz Lang and his wife. Lang later directed his own version of this story in 1959 (in two-parts) with THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB.




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