The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao)

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao)
  • 1922
  • Germany
  • 1h 40min
  • Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Written by: Norbert Falk, Hanns Kräly
  • Cast: Emil Jannings, Dagny Servaes, Harry Liedtke

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Ernst Lubitsch was a master of sophisticated romantic comedies but The Loves of Pharaoh reveals that he was also a filmmaker to rival the scale and ambition of DW Griffith or Peter Jackson. The Loves of Pharaoh is notable for its spectacular production design, gorgeous costumes, beautiful chiaroscuro cinematography and crowd scenes involving thousands of extras in an age before the convenience of computer generated effects. Future Oscar-winner Emil Jannings is the Egyptian Pharaoh who rejects the beloved daughter of the king of Ethiopia in favour of his infatuation with slave girl Theonis. It is a recipe for conflict, heartbreak and epic drama. A stunning digital restoration heralds the return of a major silent production. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Out of the Past.

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