Yasmin (1955)

Musical, Romance

A powerful and princely Sheikh lives in 18th Century Persia, makes a living renting out properties, and recovering taxes and dues on them. He lives in a palatial house with his wife, Zubeda... See full summary »


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31 October 2017 | skinnybert
| Return of the Son of the Sheik (a musical)
Nicely filmed if rather standard desert melodrama of abduction and romance.

Without giving details about the plot, I'll just point out that practically everything about "Yasmin" -- plot, sets, style, costumes, character appearances etc -- is lifted directly from the 1926 Rudolf Valentino film "Son of the Sheik". Even the main actor looks like he was chosen based on resemblance to Valentino. To his credit, Suresh is every bit as handsome), but the strong point of "Son of the Sheik" was that Valentino played two roles -- father and son -- and did both excellently.

On the other hand, "Son of the Sheik" didn't have songs, and "Yasmin" has about ten -- all very good too. Vijayanthimala is an expert dancer, and if this isn't her most impressive footwork, she's still a great classic beauty (something the 50s - 60s really excelled at).

The real star of "Yasmin" is the beautiful black-and white look -- despite the occasionally stagebound scenes, the viewer can lose themselves in the romanticized high desert feel this film is striving for. I expect it played much better on the big screen. On DVD, just worth seeing

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