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Race in Film

Zug des lebens(Train of Life) (France / Belgium / Netherlands / Israel / Romania, 1998)

Directed by Radu Mihaileanu. Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clement Harari, Michel Muller, Agathe de la Fontaine, Johan Leysen, Bruno Abraham-Kremer. Set in Central Europe during WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism.

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bound (1940)

Animated short. Directed by Bob Clampett. Porky finds out that Ali-Baba and his Dirty Sleeves plan to attack the fort; it's up to him to go warn the fort. He gets there to discover everyone has left for the Legion convention in Boston. Porky and his rented camel fend off the attackers themselves for a while, but when the situation gets dire, the young camel summons its mother. Momma takes care of the attacker that's menacing them.

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bunny (1957)

Animated short. Directed by Chuck Jones. Bugs and Daffy are tunneling their way to a vacation spot (with Bugs doing all the work, naturally), when a wrong turn lands them in a cave in the middle of the desert. Daffy's true nature once again shines through when the cave is discovered to be full of treasure. Daffy's glee quickly turns to terror, however, when Hassan the guard (whose only orders are "chop!") catches him with his hands in the gold. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Chu Chin Chow (UK, 1934)

Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. (Disc 2): "Ali Baba nights," cut down American version of Chu Chin Chow. 102 min.

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937)

Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. "Popeye, Olive and Wimpy crash their airplane in the desert. After a long trek through the desert they arrive in a town which is promptly ransacked by bandit chief Abu Hassan (Bluto) and his forty thieves (Abu's men mumble as they ride and strip everything in sight as they zip by). Olive is pressed into service as a laundress, while Wimpy is tied up and forced to watch Abu Hassan eat.

[Arabian Nights] Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed.) (Germany, 1927)

Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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[Arabian Nights] Palace of the Arabian Nights (Palais des mille et une nuits) (1905)

Directed by Georges Melies. A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. 21:05 min.

[Arabian Nights] Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (Germany, 1920)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. This blending of melodrama and comedy in the manner of an Arabian nights tale, tells the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant. 85 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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[Uncle Tom's Cabin] Eliza on Ice (animated,1944)

Uncle Tom starts the race with Simon Legree chasingEliza. Mighty Mouse rescues Eliza. 6 min. ;
Reviews and articles: Wallace, Michelle. "The Celluloid Cabin:Satiricial Distortions of Uncle Tom in AnimatedCartoon Short, 1932-1947." Studies in PopularCulture, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1-10, 2001Apr

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