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West of Zanzibar Movie Review Summary

Actors: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan, Warner Baxter

Detailed Plot Synopsis of West of Zanzibar

The magician Phroso's wife leaves him for another man, crane. A fight with Crane leaves Phroso paralyzed.
Later, when Phroso returns home he finds Anna dead, leaving behind a daughter. Phroso believes that Crane killed Anna and that the girl is his daughter. So, Phroso plots his revenge.
Phroso spends the next 18 years in Africa as the leader of a small village not far from where Crane has set up an ivory business.
Phroso had arranged for the daughter, Maizie, to be raised in a brothel in Africa. Phroso brings Maizie to his village and promises to reveal her father, whom she's never known.
However, instead of helping her, he turns her into a drunk.
Phroso also brings Crane to the village to reveal his daughter and show him what's become of her.
However, Crane informs Phroso that Maizie is his daughter.
When Crane is accidentally killed the villagers prepare to burn him, and as is their custom, they must burn his daughter, believed to be Maizie, along with him.
Now, Phroso is forced to save Maizie. Using his magic, he helps her escape, but the villagers burn him in her place.
This report prepared by Brandon Swenson








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Script Analysis of West of Zanzibar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Setting

Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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