Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs (1902)

623 feet/190 metres
35mm film, tinted colour, 1.33:1 silent

A French fantasy film directed by Ferdinand Zecca. There's some question as to the release date of this film – the BFI database and IMDB suggests that it was released in 1902 whereas the Kino Video DVD carries a 1905 date. It may also be the same film as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1902).

Plot Summary

Ali Baba sees the leader of a gang of thieves entering a cave and investigates, finding it full of treasure. His brother Cassim later visits the cave but is caught and beheaded.


Director: Ferdinand Zecca
Pathé Frères
Art Director: Albert Colla

Alternative Titles

Ali Baba
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – English language title

See also
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1902)



  • Quaderni di Cinema no.37 (January/March 1988) p.78 – Illustrated article


  • The American Film Institute Catalog: Film Beginnings, 1893-1910 compiled by Elias Savada p.17
  • Filmlexicon degli autori e delle opere p.1773 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.8 – credits

Other sources

  • National Film Theatre Programmes September 1979 – note