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Every culture has its tradition of tales passed from generation to generation, spurring filmmakers who grew up with them to bring them new life through cinema.
Aladin, or the Wonderful LampAn extravaganza of early special effects, the Pathé ALADIN (lacking the more common double "d") delights in the story’s magical transformations. Trick shots and striking color tinting accent the elastic reality that comes with the wonderful lamp. The fantasia only lasts a single reel but that's time enough...Start your free trial to watch
The Dove's Lost NecklaceThis second feature in Nacer Khemir’s "Desert Trilogy" is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic calligraphy from a grand master. Coming across a fragment of manuscript, Hassan goes in search of the missing pieces,...Start your free trial to watch
Samoyed BoyMan's best friend proves even more valuable amidst the perils of the Frozen North in this beautiful animated Soviet adventure designed in the timeless style of woodcuts. Far from a simple folk tale, however, it goes on to show "boy" hero Chu shaking off his frigid village's primitive, superstitious ways for post-Revolutionary...Start your free trial to watch
This Unnameable Little BroomThis piece was originally conceived as a pilot for a series which never materialized due to lack of funding. Alternative title: LITTLE SONGS OF THE CHIEF OFFICER OF HUNAR LOUSE (BEING A LARGELY DISGUISED REDUCTION OF THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH) “in which Gilgamesh sends a prostitute to seduce the wild man of...Start your free trial to watch