Thursday, May 31, 2018
Miniature work for 1973's The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Little more than a rehash of prior "Sinbad" films, they really poured money into this one to make it stylish. In that regard, it's one of the better productions. After much fixation with generic European "magic" (dressed up in Arabian robes, but still your basic English wizard), the producers wanted something different this time around. They settled on Hinduism. Hindu mysticism, they felt, wasn't well-known by Americans (the primary audience for this film), and yet it carried with it a sense of the ancient. Moreover, Hindu "magic" represented an unrefined, more primitive, basic kind of magic that would restore the sense of wonder that such movies aimed at creating.