Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic choreographies, all by Roland Petit: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).
On the mountainous frontier between British India and Afghanistan, circa 1860s, Zarak Khan kisses Salma, the youngest wife of his father, Haji Khan. Outraged, his father orders Zarak to be flogged to death but spares his life at the urging of an elderly Mullah. Zarak now leaves his village and becomes a notorious outlaw, prompting the British to assign a Major Ingram to capture him. Zarak and Ingram have several encounters, developing a grudging respect for each other. When Ingram is captured by Ahmad, one of Zarak's rivals, Zarak risks his life to save the British officer. Written by
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Victor Mature puts on a turban and grows a beard to star as the title
character in Zarak. It's the story of the eldest son of a clan chief
who betrays his father with the father's youngest bride played by the
Swedish Anita Ekberg. Just another case of an obviously Cauacasian
woman playing an exotic Oriental and just by looks not carrying it off
too well. Still she does what she can, Maureen O'Hara knew best of all
how Anita felt cast in something like Zarak.
After being banished from the tribe, Mature becomes a bandit chief and
the scourge of the territory in what is now Pakistan. Michael Wilding
is sent to bring in Mature dead or alive, but other tribes are starting
to get restless.
It maybe set in what was the real India then, but Zarak plays like an
eastern western. Finlay Currie plays a mullah who pops in and out of
the film at critical points in our protagonist's life. He's quite the
saintly figure, more like a Christian saint than a Moslem one.
All in all a routine action film that fans of Victor Mature will
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