in about 100 words or less
Germany/India/UK 74m, B&W, silent
Director: Franz Osten; Cast: Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose
A Throw of Dice is a melodrama of the highest order involving royal cousins whose love for the same woman might only be exceeded by their passion for gambling. After a failed attempt to murder Ranjit, Sohan rigs a game of dice and steals away not only his cousin’s bride, but his kingdom as well. Shot on location in Rajasthan, this is one of silent film’s most extravagant and realistic looking productions. Unfortunately, the film’s exotic location, beautiful costuming and opulent sets are wasted on the kind of screenplay that you might find in an early one-reeler (Klaus Ming October 2016).