A Throw of Dice (1929)
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Following up on the success of Prem Sanyas and Shiraz, director Franz Osten and star Himansu Rai team up again to spin this melodramatic romantic epic. Ranjit (Charu Roy) and the nefarious Sohan (Rai) are kings with a passion for gambling and the same woman -- Sunita (Seeta Devi). One day Ranjit bets it all in a crooked game of craps and loses it all -- his crown and his love -- and is forced to become Ranjit's slave. Eventually Sohan's evil deeds are uncovered and he is herded off a cliff by an
Jan 4, 1930 Wide
Jul 15, 2008
Hollywood Pictures Inc.
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[An] amazingly fluid silent-era Indian feature, with a breathtaking use of open air, space and lots of extras.
The story itself is nothing special, but the lush jungle setting is magnificent and it gives the film a special feeling.
Osten's film, which features more than 10,000 extras and 1,000 horses, is as excessive and beautiful as any scene from Antony and Cleopatra or Ben-Hur.
Entrancing as it is exotic, silent classic A Throw Of Dice (1929) plays like a fairytale for adults.
This silent Indian melodrama offers proof positive that America didn't have the monopoly on epic cinema in the '20s.
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