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The Indian Tomb (1959)

Das indische Grabmal (original title)
A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.

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Fritz Lang

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Werner Jörg Lüddecke (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Debra Paget ... Seetha
Paul Hubschmid ... Harald Berger / Henri Mercier in French Version
Walther Reyer ... Maharadjaj Chandra
Claus Holm ... Dr. Walter Rhode
Sabine Bethmann ... Irene Rhode
René Deltgen ... Prince Ramigani
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Yama (as Inkijinoff)
Jochen Brockmann ... Padhu - Ramigani's ally
Richard Lauffen Richard Lauffen ... Bhowana
Jochen Blume ... Asagara - the Engineer
Helmut Hildebrand Helmut Hildebrand ... Ramigani's servant
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Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur's maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won't look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water. Meanwhile his sister Irene and brother-in-law Dr. Walter Rhode, the architect who refuses to build a tomb to bury Seetah alive for scorning the ruler's love before the hospital he was asked for, guess the truth, and try to make their assigned Indian servant Asagara talk, who dreads incriminating his sovereign. She can't believe Chandra's claim Harald was killed on a tiger-hunt, and the architect finds the bloody shirt he produces doesn't have the button she mended. Prince Ramigani plots seizing Chandra's throne with rajah Padhu, courtiers and the corrupt General Dagh, as soon as Chandra ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Der deutsche Millionen-Film!

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West Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indian Tomb See more »

Filming Locations:

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Budget:

DEM20,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While in India Fritz Lang had also hoped to make "Kali Yung " about the Thuggee cult, but it fell through. See more »

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It takes a spider an hour to construct a web but the man sized one in the cave mouth is constructed in just over a minute. See more »

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TERRIBLE MOVIE!!!
23 April 2018 | by talula1060See all my reviews

This movie was awful. Just as bad or worse than the first one. Same issues as the first one too. Acting was the worst thing about it. All the Indian characters were German with brown makeup to make them look Indian. It was extremely obvious in gorgeous Technicolor. The sole American leading lady was referred to as Indian but she had the features and coloring of Elizabeth Taylor. Apparently Lang thought having black hair and bare feet were the only things she needed to make her look Indian. The prince was terrible and often spoke forcefully for no reason. His makeup was very noticable and very phony looking. Jewelry was often too big for the actor wearing it and very phony looking also. The actors had very limited skills which often made them yell or glare at people regardless of what was taking place. Amateur mistakes. The brother of Berger is awful and often inexplicably shouts his lines. At one point, his employer the prince, removes some architectural models from the room and the brother throws a tantrum, shouting and throwing things. The brother did not want to work on any designs anyway since his partner was missing so why he freaked out is unclear. In another scene, he is instructed by the Prince to build a tomb. The prince angrily tells him all the precious gems he will have at his disposal. He's almost shouting the names of the gems as though the brother had protested the crappy materials. It makes no sense. The leading lady Seetha is only there for eye candy. Her skills are very limited. Perhaps because of this, Lang always puts her in tight fitting tops without benefit of a bra and then will have her stretch and lean in the supposed guise of prayer to this or that goddess. At one point she does a sensual dance with a snake in which she is basically naked with a few week placed bits of cloth. She does a dance with a snake where she flexes her bare legs and even thrusts her hips suggestively over and over. For the time period this is beyond risque. Her face is exquisite to look at and this and the above dance are what make her bearable on screen. Her acting is tough to gauge because she's an American who didn't speak German so all her lines are dubbed by someone else. The writing isn't particularly good either. Characters do things that don't make sense and are never explained. Some of the plot devices are ridiculous and obvious. Like when the Prince steals a coat and smears it in blood to present to the hero's sister to prove he's been killed. This coat had been sewn recently by the hero's sister and had been stored in the closet of her room. Of course she knew it was a lie! Just lazy writing here. The prince is all upset because this woman he liked didn't like him? They barely knew each other and had no arrangement but he acts as though she'd cheated on him. It's far too weak a storyline to be believable as the prince isn't played like an ego maniac who expects everyone to bend to his will. He just wasn't the kind of guy to force a woman to be with him. In any case, i gave it 3 stars for the beautiful color, scenery and costumes. The acting, story, and directing warrant a big fat zero.


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