The Indian Tomb (1959 film)
The Indian Tomb (a.k.a. Journey to the Lost City; in the original German, Das indische Grabmal) is a 1959 German-French-Italian adventure drama film, produced by Artur Brauner, directed by Fritz Lang, that stars Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walter Reyer, Claus Holm, Valéry Inkijinoff, and Sabine Bethmann.
|The Indian Tomb|
German theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Produced by||Artur Brauner|
|Screenplay by||Thea von Harbou|
Werner Jörg Lüddecke
|Based on||Das indische Grabmal by Thea von Harbou|
|Music by||Gerhard Becker|
|Edited by||Walter Wischniewsky|
Central Cinema Company
It is the second of two films comprising what has come to be known as Fritz Lang's Indian Epic; the other is The Tiger of Eschnapur (Der Tiger von Eschnapur). The film was based on the novel Das indische Grabmal, written by Lang's ex-wife, Thea von Harbou, who died in 1954. In 1960 American International Pictures obtained the rights to both films and combined them into one long feature called Journey to the Lost City. Curiously, when the film was dubbed into Spanish, they were shown as two separate films, the second being a continuation of the first.
In popular culture
The film is probably best remembered for Debra Paget's erotically charged "snake dance scene".
At its initial release, German film critics were especially negative about The Indian Tomb. Die Welt wrote: "Here lies Fritz Lang, once creator of important films like Metropolis and M. The 'Indian tomb' is his own." [i.e, grave as a filmmaker] In contrast to those earlier opinions, contemporary American film critics are positive about the film.
- The Indian Tomb (1921 film)
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- Der deutsche Film der fünfziger Jahre, Heyne Filmbibliothek, 1987, page 170.
- "The Indian Tomb" at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Indian Tomb on IMDb
- A Clip on YouTube from The Indian Tomb (Debra Paget dancing with a cobra)
- "Three and a half Tombs" - article about the genesis of the book and the films made from it
- "Come On, Baby, Be My Tiger" - article about the several versions of the film
- Artur-Brauner-Archive at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt (German), containing the production files for this movie