Land of the Pharaohs 1955
The film's events are set in motion by the powerful Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Jack Hawkins). According to his people's customs, he is the embodiment of a god on Earth, and by divine right he is able to command his people to do nearly anything. He is beyond worldly concerns, beyond any thought of his fellow beings. What consumes him is the thought of his afterlife, the eternal rest after his death, in which he will be buried with the massive treasure he has accumulated through the bloody wars he fought while on Earth. He dedicates the final two decades of his life to the construction of an enormous and elaborate pyramid, a crypt designed with clever traps and rigged so that, upon his death, once the lid is lowered on his coffin, the pyramid will be sealed with solid stone, the great pharaoh and his treasure unreachable for grave robbers or other desecrators who would come along after he was gone. Towards this end, the Pharaoh enlists one of his prisoners, the architect Vashtar (James Robinson Justice) and his son Senta (Hawks regular Dewey Martin), to devise the pyramid's ingenious self-sealing mechanisms. In doing so, Vashtar knows that he dooms himself, but he agrees if the Pharaoh will release his people as prisoners.
The human dramas in the film are generally sketched out on a broad scale like this; motivations tend to be simplistic and characters are defined by one trait. For the Pharaoh, it's a love of power and a greed for gold, both attributes that find their match in his rebellious mistress Nellifer (Joan Collins), a proud princess who marries the Pharaoh but secretly lusts after his treasure, scheming and plotting to undo him.

Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis, James Robertson Justice, Luisella Boni, Sydney Chaplin
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, History

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:39:53 | 5.95 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais
Subtitles: English

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:44:02 | 4.67 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Russian
Subtitles: English, Francais

• Commentary by filmmaker/historian Peter Bogdanovich with interview excerpts of director Howard Hawks
• Theatrical trailer

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