In 1921, hot off Die Spinnen, Fritz Lang was set to direct an adaptation of Thea von Harbou’s novel The Indian Tomb. But producer Joe May was convinced the two-part melodrama would be huge, so he decided to direct it himself. Almost forty years later, when he had a hard time finding work in Hollywood, Lang returned to Germany to direct a new version of the Indian epic. Both films–Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das Indische Grabmal–are brightly colored and utterly risible. There’s an awful lot of brown makeup. YouTube happens to have the scene from the ’59 Tiger in which Seetha (Debra Paget), a dancer who has fallen in love with the European engineer, must prove her loyalty to the Maharaja by dancing with a deadly snake. It’s the best scene in the entire 3+ hours epic.
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.