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"Thief of Baghdad," now up at Dar El-Nimer, is as entertaining as it is eye-opening. Featuring about 100 vintage movie posters from last century, the show explores perceptions of Arabs in Western cinema. Depicting scantily clad dancers, intimidating men in silk turbans and numerous genie bottles, the posters are all part of Abboudi Abou Jaoude's 550-piece collection.The show has been split into several sections, including a wall dedicated to "Thief of Baghdad," in the fantasy section, a title that recurred several times.The "Adventure" section looks at films made in Arab counties between World War I and II, when Western troops were deployed in the region.The Egyptian king disliked the film, but Arab audiences took no issue with the Western-inspired caricatures.The final section focuses on films about or shot in Lebanon. The posters show many contradictions, such as in the poster for the 1956 Italian movie "La Castellana del Libano," which depicts camels, sand dunes and tent settlements that are absent from the movie.Lebanon also became a prime filming location/subject for spy movies in the '60s, with about 10 films shot about spies or intelligence agency conflicts in Beirut."Thief of Baghdad" is up at Dar
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