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Kismet (1955) was a Adventure - Musical Film directed by Stanley Donen and Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Richard Nominated
Best CinematographyCharles RosherNominated
Best Music - ScoringHerbert StothartNominated
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Fun Size Review: Kismet (1920)

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By Fritzi Kramer on September 30, 2014 in Blog, Fun Size Review Not your typical hero. Ha! Thought it was a musical, didn’t you? Well, Kismet was a stage play and a silent film first. This version stars popular theatrical leading man Otis Skinner. It’s surprisingly good (silent Hollywood... Read full article


Kismet (1920) A Silent Film Review

By Fritzi Kramer on Mar 9, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on March 9, 2014 in Blog, Feature, Silent Movie Review A?beggar, a caliph and a bandit find themselves enmeshed in a very strange adventure. Secret romances, revenge and murder all play a part. With a scruffy protagonist and the love story pushed to the background, you can think of ... Read full article


Kismet (1955)

By Cameron on Nov 29, 2013 From The Blonde At The Film

Kismet is an Arabian nights musical- spectacle, spectacularly stretched in CinemaScope and spectacularly drenched in bold Eastman Color. It was based on a highly successful Broadway show, which in turn was based on Edward Knoblock’s 1911 play. ?This play inspired several film versions, includi... Read full article


Kismet (1955)

By Cameron on Nov 29, 2013 From The Blonde At The Film

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/789/Kismet/#tcmarcp-160980 ? Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Kismet is an Arabian nights musical- spectacle, spectacularly stretched in CinemaScope and spectacularly drenched in bold Eastman Color. It was based on a highly successful Broadway show, which... Read full article


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Quotes from

Lalume: [singing] On days when my lord groweth restless, and bored by his staff and his plume... his handmaiden hath what he needeth- and what doth he need? Rahadlakum!


Caliph Guard: [closing lines] Is this man to be pardoned, O Caliph?
Omar: Pardon him, All Highest. His crime was a service. Let him go free.
The Poet: No, don't ask that. Under the circumstances it would embarrass the All Highest to pardon his father-in-law. No, O Prince of Justice, let me help you to compose this most difficult of verdicts against a man who in his life never once did right and who never once wronged anyone. Condemn the scoundrel to some dreadful oasis at least a week's camel's journey away. Force him to take with him the widow of the soon to be late Wazir and all the property she can get her hands on before the accounts are audited. Condemn him to lighten her sorrow and to toil ceaselessly to remove all grief from her heart.
Lalume: You have just condemned yourself for life, My Lord.
The Poet: And finally, O Prince of True Believers, take from me my greatest treasure, my daughter, Marsinah. Take her away forever by marrying her til the end of her days.
The Caliph: Such is the Caliph's pleasure. And so he orders.
The Poet: [singing] Princes come/Princes go. An hour of pomp and show./ They know. /Princes come/ And over the sands and over the sands of time./ They go./ Wise men come./Ever promising/the riddle of life to know./Wise men come./But over the sands./ The silent sands of time./ They go./Lovers come./Lovers go./And all that there is to know/Lovers know./Only lovers know.


Chief Policeman: [Hajj the poet has just been sentenced by the Wazir, and the Chief Policeman enters to find him and Lalume, the Wazir's wife, kissing] Is that his sentence?


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Facts about

It was Vernon Duke who suggested Bob Wright and Chet Forrest use the music of Aleksandr Borodin as a basis for their score.
Alfred Drake won the 1954 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Kismet" as the Public Poet.
Future mega-successful TV producer Aaron Spelling (Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Dynasty) appears uncredited as a beggar. Spelling wrote in his memoirs that this role made him decide to give up acting. Director Vincente Minnelli always said he was responsible for Spelling's career as a successful TV producer and told him: "Had I not put you in 'Kismet', you'd still be an actor somewhere."
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