Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


JOURNEY TO THE LOST CITY (1960). Director: Fritz Lang.

Architect Harald Berger (Paul Christian) travels to Ishnapoor in India where he saves Princess Seetha (Debra Paget of The River's Edge) from a tiger. Naturally the two fall in love, a situation which does not sit well with the jealous Prince Chandra (Walter Reyer). Harald and Seetha go on the run, but Chandra sends his men after them into the desert. And Chandra himself is subject of a palace coup ... Journey to the Lost City was originally two German films that American- International stripped down to one movie, dubbed, and released in the U.S. Most people have seen only washed-out prints of the movie, which has some striking art direction. The most interesting scenes have to do with the underground tunnels and giant statues below the palace, where lepers are kept in horrible conditions in one chamber. There are whippings, people placed in a pit of tigers, and the like, but somehow this never gets very interesting. It's a shame that the voice of Paul Christian [The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms] has been dubbed, as it's much more flavorful than that of the anonymous actor who says his lines. Filmed in the province of Rajasdan, India. Lang's Clash By Night is vastly superior to this.

Verdict: Not really a journey nor a lost city, but it has some attractive settings. **.

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