Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic
THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and
THE INDIAN TOMB
This 4K restoration of Fritz Lang's Indian Epic presents the films The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb as they were originally created in 1959. These films are a product of their time and contain cultural and racial depictions that viewers may find offensive.
(1959) Architect Paul Hubschmid, en route to the (mythical) Eschnapur to build schools and hospitals, fends off a tiger that’s attacked Eurasian dancer Debra Paget (Broken Arrow, The Ten Commandments and erstwhile Elvis leading lady), then falls hard – but the maharajah who’s hired him may have other ideas. Dazzlingly shot in color on previously closed-to-the-public Indian locations, with Paget’s risqué snake dance (in an apparently glued-on costume) a highlight. Previously seen in the U.S. in a cut-in-half version, this is Lang’s completely restored epic. Lang’s return to Germany, via India, was also a return to a silent film he co-scripted with then-wife Thea von Harbou but didn’t get to direct. Total runtime of both films approx. 203 min.
A FILM MOVEMENT RELEASE
“A sweeping adventure filled with tigers, snakes, romance and the camp-connoisseur favorite Debra Paget.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“Long before INFINITY WAR, IT, and KILL BILL came Fritz Lang's INDIAN EPIC - a yarn the auteur saw as too grand to be contained in a single film. These [films] deserve to be seen in their original form.”
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“One of Lang’s most formal achievements. Above all, here are two films to be looked at.”
– Chris Petit, Time Out (London)
“An utterly glorious late testimonial and summative work from one of cinema’s titans.”
– Roderick Heath, Film Freedonia
“A clear precursor to the Indiana Jones series… Perhaps Lang's most open-aired use of color, and wonderful, late-period entertainment.”
– Jeffrey Anderson, Combustible Celluloid