racechanging: Arab & Middle Eastern

Septembers of Shiraz
… aventures d’Aladin
Fasle kargadan
The Devil’s Double
Black Gold
Prince of Persia
Arabian Adventure
Omar Khayyam
Land of the Pharaohs
The Adventures of Hajji Baba
Princess of the Nile
Hotel Sahara
The Desert Hawk
Bagdad
Kismet
Ali Baba
Arabian Nights
The Thief of Bagdad
Pépé le Moko movies
The Desert Song
The Squall
She’s a Sheik
Scheherazade
minor Biblical characters
various Romani
others

Racechanging: Arab & other Middle Eastern characters

Max Alvarez of Cinecism said: ‘The culture for which Hollywood has shown its greatest contempt has been the [Arab or] Middle East culture.’ Even today white actresses play Middle-Eastern characters with darkened skins that would be almost unthinkable for black, Asian or Native American characters.

The Middle East has certainly been a rich source for movies and for exotic loccations and characters: the tales of Sinbad the Sailor, One Thousand and One Nights, the Bible, Egypt, the crusades, the Foreign Legion, and latterly Arab terrorists.

Besides actresses playing Arab and other Middle Eastern characters, this section also includes a few less clearly definable characters, including Romani & Dom characters (eg Marlene Dietrich’s gypsy from Golden Earrings).