Maharajah Conrad Veidt hires a German architect to design a beautiful tomb for his wife. She isn’t actually dead yet.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Indian Tomb (1921)”
Well, you have to admit that this would be pretty annoying to a homeowner. Your minding your own business, reading the newspaper or cutting the grass or something, when suddenly this holy man teleports right into your best chair.
No one could do the Stare of Doom™ better than Conrad Veidt. I mean, look at him! Are those death rays I see emanating from his ocular cavities?
So, you’re trying to woo and win the girl of your dreams. What to do? What to do? Well, have you tried painting yourself gold and wearing a frosted glass light fixture as a hat? You haven’t? Well, don’t come whining to me then.
Conrad Veidt is the heart and soul of The Indian Tomb, an epic that is as nutty as it is intriguing. Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou wrote the thing, Joe May directs. Veidt plays a maharajah (!) with an unfaithful wife and a tiger pit, which is a dangerous combination for all concerned. At this point in the story, Veidt is looking for love and feels that painting himself gold is the best option.
And for some of us, it is. (Back! Back, I say! He’s mine!)
Availability: The Indian Tomb was released on DVD by Image. The disc is now out of print but is available used.
Joe May catches a lot of flak for this one. A lot of Fritz Lang fans have 20/20 hindsight and curse May for taking Lang off directing duties for this picture. First of all, I actually like May as a director. He’s very underrated, in my opinion. Second, Lang had been directing since 1919, less than two years of experience, and this film had quite a big budget. I can’t really blame May. After all, it was his money.
In any case, what other movie lets you ogle Conrad Veidt painted gold?
This film has the distinction of never quite succeeding. It was filmed three times, the last time by Lang himself, but the story never really seemed to catch on with audiences. Lang’s 1959 remake is mostly remembered today for Debra Paget dancing in extremely revealing costumes.
The Maharajah of Bengal wants his wife to have the most fabulous tomb in the world. He hires an English architect to design and constructs it. There’s just one little problem. His wife is not dead. Yet. This is a classy adventure yarn with a strong Teutonic flavor. Well worth obtaining.
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