A Throw of Dice (1930)
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Critic Reviews for A Throw of Dice
[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.
Audience Reviews for A Throw of Dice
Definitely set in India. You can tell by all the tigers and whatnot (don't tell Michael Bay, he still thinks they live in Egypt or something.) Decent story.
More of a curiosity than a great film in its own right, the new restoration Indian-German co-production looks fantastic. There are lots of odd culture-clash moments. For example, the sets are very influenced by German films of the day and underneath the gorgeous costumes, the characters' morality is very Western. The acting is more realistic than what is normally found in silent film, but the new score is iffy. It plays too safely. It doesn't use enough Indian instruments. Regardless, this will be of interest to silent movie buffs.
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