Chandu the Magician

Dir. William Cameron Menzies (1932). Adapted from a popular radio show (and featuring Bela Lugosi as its villain), is Orientalist hocus-pocus at its most entertainingly juvenile—old-fashioned Saturday afternoon nonsense that sophisticates Spielberg-Lucas could never hope to equal.
Sat., Dec. 17, 5 p.m., 2011

 
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