The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959)
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Critic Reviews for The Tiger of Eschnapur
Lang's most open-aired use of color, and wonderful, late-period entertainment.
A strikingly beautiful film that takes itself so seriously that we almost manage it ourselves.
What elevates the films to the status of art-in-genre-clothing, is Lang's taste for lurid color and perfect compositions.
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Audience Reviews for The Tiger of Eschnapur
Fritz Lang does a B-movie.
What you'll take home from it: -India is secretly filled with Irish people, or leprechauns. -Every temple has its hidden treasures, and lepers. -American architects can outwit a pack of tigers better than anyone trained in any profession, including zoology. -If your lost in a desert and dying of fatigue and dehydration, you should give your horse (who will die much sooner than you) a portion of the canteen of water your carrying so that you can feel better about its misfortune before you shoot and kill it.
As a late Fritz Lang adventure tale, this fares a bit better than Moonfleet. The characters are more engaging, and although the adventure elements are sometimes a bit lackluster, there are a few great serials-inspired moments. Most noteworthy is the breathtaking eye candy. Lavish sets and lush colors that leap off the screen, it's quite a beautiful film. However, the exoticism is often cringe-worthy, as Lang indulges in one embarrassing India clichÃ© after another.
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