The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad ( Seventh Voyage ) is an American adventure film-tale about the next journey of the legendary sailor from the book “ A Thousand and One Nights .” It was staged at Columbia Pictures by director Nathan Juran and was released in 1958. This is the first film from the Sinbad trilogy, created by the creative tandem of producer Charles H. Schneier and special effects master Ray Harrihausen . The film is included in the US National Register of Films .
|Seventh journey of Sinbad|
|The seventh voyage of sinbad|
|Producer||Charles H. Schneier |
|In the main|
|Kervyn Matthews |
|Film company||Columbia pictures corporation|
The plot of the film does not coincide with the literary source and is a free retelling of several Sinbad's travels at once.
During the next voyage, the sailor and his comrades fall into dense fog and, having lost their course, find themselves on the island of Cyclops , where they encounter the wizard Sokura, who is chased by the cyclops. Sinbad and his team save Sokura, but he loses his magic lamp, which now appears at the Cyclops. Despite Sokura's request, Sinbad refuses to return to the island to return the lamp to the wizard, since the ship is located in Paris, the princess of the state of Chandra. Sinbad is in love with her, and their marriage should become the guarantor of peace between Baghdad and Chandra.
After Sinbad returns to Baghdad, a wedding is being prepared. The father of Paris, the Sultan of Chandra, arrives as an honored guest. During a feast in honor of the Sultan, the sorcerer Sokur demonstrates his art of magic, temporarily turning the maid of the princess into a mixture of a woman and a snake. Despite this, the Caliph of Baghdad refuses to help Sokura return to the island of the Cyclops. Then at night the sorcerer secretly casts an evil spell on the princess - many times reduces the girl to the growth of an Thumbelina . Shocked by the sultan of Chandra in anger threatens the Baghdad caliph with war. Sinbad and the caliph are forced to turn to Sokura, who is ready to dispel the spell if Sinbad brings him a shell of eggs of the two-headed bird Rukh from the island of Cyclops for potion. The navigator again calls his friends to sail, but sailors are not enough to carry out such a dangerous plan. Sinbad is forced to recruit prisoners from the Caliph prison. During the voyage, they raise a riot, which the sailor and supporters soon suppress. On the island, the team is divided into two groups. The detachment, led by Sinbad, is captured by the Cyclops and put in a crate. Remaining at large, Sokura refuses to come to the aid of the captain. With the help of the Princess of Paris, the heroes manage to escape. During the battle with the Cyclops, several of Sinbad's comrades die. Sinbad blinds the Cyclops, and then cunningly carries him to the edge of the abyss. Sokura finds her magic lamp in the Cyclops treasury, but Sinbad takes it, promising to give it after the wizard spells the princess.
Miniature Paris penetrated the magic lamp and made friends with Barani, a genie boy. In exchange for the promised freedom, Barani tells the princess a spell that summons him from the lamp. At the cost of the life of the remaining people from the Sinbad detachment, the eggshell of the bird Rukh was obtained. Sokura returns the princess to normal growth and requires Sinbad to return the magic lamp. Not trusting the sorcerer, Sinbad promises to return the lamp only when they return to the ship. Sokura is trying to kill Sinbad by firing at him with the animated skeleton warrior that Sinbad defeats. With the help of the genie, Sinbad and Paris are selected from Sokura's cave. On the way, they throw a lamp into the river of fire, because only in this way can a genie gain freedom. After a battle with another cyclops, an evil dragon and defeating Sokuru himself, the heroes return to the ship. There they are met by the liberated Barani, who became the youth of Sinbad. As a wedding present, he filled the cabin of future newlyweds with the treasures of the Cyclopes.
- Kervin Matthews - Sinbad the Sailor ( Victor Rozhdestvensky dubbed at the Soviet box office)
- Katherine Crosby - Princess of Paris (dubbed Antonina Konchakova at the Soviet box office)
- Richard Ayer - a genie (in the Soviet box office, Tamara Dmitrieva dubbed)
- Thorin Thatcher - the sorcerer Sokura (in the Soviet box office duplicated Vladimir Kenigson )
- Alec Mango - Caliph of Baghdad (in the Soviet box office Sergey Zeitz dubbed)
- Danny Green - Karim ( Jacob Belenky dubbed at the Soviet box office)
- Harold Kasket - Sultan , father of Paris ( Alexei Kelberer dubbed at the Soviet box office)
- Alfred Brown - Harufa (dubbed Emmanuel Geller in the Soviet box office)
The film is dubbed into Russian at the Soyuzmultfilm movie studio ; dubbing director - Georgy Kalitievsky .
The reviews of critics are overwhelmingly positive. Particular attention is paid to the special effects of Ray Harrihausen . “Kervyn Matthews makes Sinbad attractive, more restrained than bravura; Katherine Crosby is charming as a princess; Thorin Thatcher has a rather sinister look for a sorcerer <...> But this is not a film in which the acting is of great importance. This is primarily a spectacle, the action takes place quickly and almost continuously. Ray Harrihausen, who was responsible for visual effects, acts as the protagonist of this work ”  . At the same time, critics often emphasized the excessive eclecticism of all three films about Sinbad: “the trilogy <...> of these films was perfectly consistent with the purely American“ Babylonian pandemonium ”. Where else can you travel from Baghdad to the South Pole to the Egyptian tomb beyond the Light of Apollo? ” 
An absolutely unknown genre in the USSR and incredible special effects for its time made the film a true rental leader. “In Soviet times, when Western culture flowed towards us in a narrow stream, literally an endless hit by the boys was the Seventh Journey of Sinbad. Of course, the Americans could not do without intrigue by inventing a villain who fights with a hero, as well as a love line, which is not even mentioned in Arabian tales ”  . The question of the acceptable ratio of profitability at the box office and the number of foreign films was controlled by the highest ideological bodies of the USSR. In one of the reports to the ideological commission of the Central Committee of the CPSU, it was reported: “if the Soviet film“ Simple History ”was shown for 7 days, then the bourgeois films“ Sinbad's Journey ”, which were weak in the artistic sense, were 21 days, and“ Roman Vacations ”were 12 days ...”  .
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