When I was trying to think of how to start this post, only one word came to mind. Sexy. Out of all the movies on the list so far, this one is by far the most erotic. The previous stars have been either virginal beauties or men in make up. However, Douglas Fairbanks has his shirt off for the whole movie and he actually has a lot of sex appeal (at least to me). The female lead certainly is no Lillian Gish which truthfully was quite refreshing.
This movie is the classic Aladdin type story that we are all familar with complete with flying carpets and dragons. As you probably know, I am going through the book list as well. Arabian Nights was one of the first on the list so I read it relatively recently. I personally did not really like it because of how racist and sexist it was but this movie closely mirrors the kind of erotism that can be found in the book.
This movie is not politically correct (but come on, what silent film is?) but it is an exciting fairy tale nevertheless, and a definite must-see.
They actually had a few sound effects like when the man is stabbing a basket with swords.
The Prince is played by a woman. I was taken aback when I learned this, because you always hear about men playing women's roles. I think that is pretty cool...
The movie poster for this was ranked number nine in best movie posters. Totally random but fun list.
As you may know if you are doing research on this movie, the sets are absolutely incredible. Reminded me of Intolerance.
Do not confuse this with the 1940 edition. This edition is available to watch on YouTube or Netflix. First part: