Sumurun (DVD)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Release Year: 1920
Running Time: 103
UPC: 7 38329 05162 4
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Country: Germany
Language: English intertitles [audio]
Genres: Silent
Select a Format
$29.95 $14.99 (50% off) Buy DVD
Only ships to US & Canada

Also Available On:

Download
Cast
Paul Wegener
Pola Negri
Ernst Lubitsch
Jenny Hasselqvist

Crew
Composed by Javier Perez de Azpeitia
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

In the early 1920s, Ernst Lubitsch was among Germany's leading directors and one of the few European filmmakers to consistently find success at the American box office. Sumurun, originally released in the U.S. under the title One Arabian Night, was among his greatest triumphs and helped secure his invitation to Hollywood.

This exotic spectacle stars Jenny Hasselqvist (The Saga of Gasta Berling) as Sumurun, a rebellious member of a harem who has committed the greatest of sins: she has rejected the old sheikh and instead fallen in love with a charming cloth merchant. Lubitsch expertly interweaves Sumurun's tale with several other related stories, and the result is a wonderful blend of melodrama and comedy. The cast also includes screen legend Pola Negri (Forbidden Paradise) as a traveling dancer who is drawn to both the harem and to the sheikh's handsome son, famed director-actor Paul Wegener (The Golem) as the tyrannical, lecherous old sheikh, and Lubitsch himself as a hunchbacked clown in love with Negri.

Sumurun was based on a pantomime act that had been a popular success for Lubitsch's mentor, the theater director Max Reinhardt. The New York Times labeled the film "an exceptional production," and Lewis Jacobs, in his book The Rise of the American Film, wrote that Sumurun "not only revealed Lubitsch as an ingenious director of comedy, but introduced a risque wit that killed the heavy-handed American sex and style displays. This film presaged the flock of films Lubitsch was to make in America and was to have a lasting influence on American productions generally."

Interested in bringing Sumurun to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Sumurun may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.



To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 17 2018 at 11:52am
Just announced:' @fbailey' will moderate Saturday night Q&A for #ChefFlynnFilm at the' @NuartTheatre'!…' https://t.co/1gjpzOWuFx'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 17 2018 at 11:25am
RT' @CriterionDaily': Hu Bo’s AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL wins best feature' @Golden_Horse' Awards. Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW wins 4; Mag Hsu + Hsu…
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 9:19pm
Director' @TalalDerki' discussing OF FATHERS AND SONS on opening night at' @MovingImageNYC'.' https://t.co/2N8QQHpdQW'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 9:18pm
RT' @BeNaturalMovie': To all our backers and supporters, we’re thrilled to announce that #benaturalthemovie has been acquired by' @kinolorber…'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 3:28pm
RT' @edgarwright': Sometimes friends of mine are bemused by me still buying dvds and BluRays, clinging on to physical media. But here’s why:…
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 2:32pm
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers curator' @StampShelley' and George Willeman of' @librarycongress' went on the…' https://t.co/XQIaqAMrup'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 1:41pm
Thrilled by the news that' @TalalDerki's' OF FATHERS AND SONS has been nominated for Best Documentary at…' https://t.co/oARgJ2o3Tg'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 1:39pm
RT' @filmindependent': 2019 #SpiritAwards nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING MINDING THE GAP OF FATHERS A…
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 12:09pm
In their discussion of this year's doc awards race,' @DEADLINE' praises OF FATHERS AND SONS, "a film that saw directo…' https://t.co/8EZPi21cB1'
'@KinoLorber' on Nov. 16 2018 at 12:08pm
RT' @thomasadamcurry': Spoke to' @talalderki' about his remarkable #OfFathersAndSons doc for' @HUCKmagazine'. It's an incredibly thoughtful, insi…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com