pictory: Debra Paget as Persian Princess


pictory: Debra Paget as Persian Princess
by Darius Kadivar

Debra Paget IS Persian Royalty in "Omar Khayyam" 1957 classic movie.

Plot Summary: Omar Khayyam was one of the greatest Persian poets. He was also a brilliant mathematician. Though his quatrains were written in the 11th century, they are still popular the world over. The details of his life are unknown, so this movie invents a biography for him and includes in it his real achievements - the invention of a new calendar and the penning of those epigrammatic poems. This film has him romancing a sultan's bride and foiling the assassin sect's plot to kill the sultan's son.

Directed by: William Dieterle

Produced by: Frank Freeman Jr.

Costume Design by: Ralph Jester


Cast overview, first billed only: 

Cornel Wilde ....  Omar Khayyam

Michael Rennie ....  Hasani Sabah

Debra Paget ....  Sharain

John Derek ....  Young Prince Malik

Raymond Massey ....  The Shah

Yma Sumac ....  Karina

Margaret Hayes ....  Queen Zarada

Joan Taylor ....  Yaffa

Sebastian Cabot ....  The Nizam

Perry Lopez ....  Prince Ahmud

Morris Ankrum ....  Imam Nowaffak

Abraham Sofaer ....  Tutush

Edward Platt ....  Jayhan

James Griffith ....  Buzorg

Peter Adams ....  Master Herald



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Only One True Persian Princess

by Ma'at (not verified) on

I don't know what this is all about but I do know that in my heart there is, and will forever be, only one true Persian Princess. She is a daughter (descendant)of Cyrus the Great and his grandson Xerxes by his wife Esther. She is known as Nazanin Afshin Jam. No, she did not put me up to this and she doesn't even know I said this. So, don't tell her. :)

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Samarkand ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Absolutely and it also written in an interesting way linking the plot to other major historical events like the Constitutional Revolution of 1906.

It would make a great movie if directed by someone with a real cinematographic eye and insight into things Iranian and Western. I wish someone like Bernardo Bertollucci ( The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris ) would have directed it. Because the story is not just about khayyam but his philosophy also and I think Bertollucci has what it takes to explore it.

Who knows ? ... ;0)

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by Orang Gholikhani on

The most intresting book I've ever read about Khayam's life is Samarkand written by Amin Malouf. A MUST BE READ book ;-)