The Indian Tomb

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Le Tombeau hindou

The Indian Tomb

(Das Indische Grabmal)

by Fritz Lang



Le Tombeau hindou

Director: Fritz Lang

Script: Fritz Lang, Hans Klaehr, Arthur Pohl adapted from Thea von Harbou

Cinematographer: Ewald Daub

Editing: W. Wischniewski

Art Director: Willy Schatz, Helmut Nentwig

Sound: Clémence Tütsch

Music: Michel Michelet

Cast: Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Sabine Bethmann, Claus Holm, Walter Reyer, Victor Francen

Production: Arthur Brauner

Action Cinemas / Théâtre du temple
4 rue Lanneau
75005 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1959

35 mm, Colour, 101 min, 
OV German with French Subtitles

The Indian Tomb is the continuation of The Tiger of Eschnapur. The story takes place in India, in the beginning of 20th century. Architect Harold Berger was called by Chandra, Maharaja of Eschnapur. He falls in love with Seetha, the beautiful temple dancer promised to the Maharaja, thus ferociously angering his host. The two lovers escape in the desert and avoid the terrible revenge awaiting them. Rescued by a caravan, they are taken care of by villagers. Chandra's men find their trace. Seetha is taken prisoner and Harold is left for dead. Rhode, Harold's brother-in-law, is also an architect who has just come to India with his wife Irène. They are worried by Harold's absence.

Shot on location in Udaipur, in Rajasthan, The Indian Tomb is a classical film of exotic adventures with all expected ingredients. Beyond its beautiful images, one can see a strong symbolic meaning. Fritz Lang tackles the issues of absolute power, confrontation of eastern and western culture, and Hindu spiritual wisdom. One can only succumb to the aesthetic perfection of this series of tableau vivant.

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