Movies are perhaps the most modern expression of our fascination with the culture and history of Ancient Egypt.

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al-Mummia - Egypt, 1969

 

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam
Story: Chadi Abdel Salam
Cast: Zouzou Hamdi el-Hakim (Mother), Ahmed Hegazi (Brother)

 

 
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NR1h42EastmancolorArabic

The story of the discovery of the cache of royal mummies at Deir el-Bahari in the late 19th century. Also known under the title "The Night of Counting the Years".

 

Antony and Cleopatra - UK, 1951

 

Story: William Shakespeare
Cast: Pauline Letts (Cleopatra), Robert Speaight (Marc Antony)

 

 
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NR(unknown)Black & White 

Film version of William Shakespeare's play about the tragic love and lives of history's most famous couple, Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

 

Antony and Cleopatra - UK, 1974

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Director: Trevor Nunn - Jon Scoffield
Story: William Shakespeare
Cast: Richard Johnson (Marc Antony), Janet Suzman (Cleopatra), Patrick Stewart (Enobarbus)

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NR2h41Colour 

Highly acclaimed television play based on William Shakespeare's work about the life and times of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. With a cast including Patrick Stewart, it is not surprising that this is often considered as one of the best versions of the Bard's famous play.

 

Caesar and Cleopatra - UK/USA, 1946

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Director: Gabriel Pasal
Story: George Bernard Shaw
Cast: Claude Rains (Julius Caesar), Vivien Leigh (Cleopatra), Stewart Granger (Apollodorus)

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NR2h18Colour 

When Julius Caesar comes to Egypt, Cleopatra sees an opportunity to ally herself with one of the most powerful men in the world. Considered too long and boring, despite an all-star cast and an excellent performance.

 

Caesar and Cleopatra - UK, 1976

 

Director: James Cellan Jones
Story: George Bernard Shaw
Cast: Alec Guiness (Julius Caesar), Geneviève Bujold (Cleopatra)

 

 
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NR1h30Colour 

Film-version of the play by Shaw about Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Shorter and considered better than the 1946 version.

 

Cleopatra - USA, 1934

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Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Story: Bartlett Cormack - Vincent Lawrence
Cast: Claudette Colbert (Cleopatra), Warren William (Julius Caesar), Henry Wilcoxon (Marc Antony)

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NR1h42Black & WhiteMono

History's most seductive woman! The screen's mightiest spectacle!

Claudette Colbert portrays a man-hungry Cleopatra, using her talents of seduction on Julius Caesar and later on Marc Antony in an attempt to solidify her power.

 

Cleopatra - USA/UK/Switzerland, 1963

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Director: Joseph L. Manckiewicz
Story: Sidney Buchman - Ranald MacDougall
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra), Rex Harrison (Julius Caesar), Richard Burton (Marc Antony)

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NR3h03Color DeluxeStereo

The motion picture the world has been waiting for!

The tag-line for this movie was not exaggerated. Running over-budget and over due, this movie became famous because of the intrigue behind the scenes, rather than the on-screen drama.

 

Cleopatra - USA, 1999

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Director: Franc Roddam
Story: Margaret George (novel) - Stephen Harrigan
Cast: Leonor Varella (Cleopatra), Timothy Dalton (Julius Caesar), Billy Zane (Marc Antony)

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NR2h57  

Mini-series about the struggle of Cleopatra to tip the balance of power in her favour.

 

a>Cleopatra's Daughter - Italy/France, 1960

 

Director: Fernando Cerchio
Story: Fernando Cerchio
Cast: Debra Paget (Shila), Robert Alda (Inuni), Erno Crisa (Kefren)

 
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NR1h33Italian 

Intrigues at the Egyptian court are the theme of this costume-movie. Also known under the Italian title "Il sepolcro dei re" and in French "La Vallée des Pharaons".

 

Faraon - Poland, 1966

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Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Story: Jerzy Kawalerowicz - Tadeusz Konwicki
Cast: Jerzy Zelnik (Ramesses XIII), Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz (Nikotris)

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NR1h58Polish4-track Stereo

The fictive story about the young king Ramesses XIII who finds himself confronted with the growing power of the priests and the military. Intrigue and power-struggles at the royal court.

 

Land of the Pharaohs - USA, 1955

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Director: Howard Hawks
Story: Harold Jack Bloom - William Faulkner
Cast: Jack Hawkins (Pharaoh Khefu), Joan Collins (Nellifer)

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NRWarnercolorRCA Sound 

Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid!

Treachery and intrigue surround the building of king Khefu's (Kheops) pyramid, as his wife Nellifer plots to prevent the king from taking his treasures into to his tomb as well as sending him there somewhat sooner than expected...

 

a>Nefertiti, regina del Nilo - Italy, 1961

 

Director: Fernando Cerchio
Story: John Byrne III - Fernando Cerchio
Cast: Jeanne Crain (Tanit/Neferiiti), Amedeo Nazzari (Amenophis IV), Vincent Price (Benakon, High Priest)

 
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NREastmancolorMonoItalian

A young girl is forced by her father to ignore her love for a sculptor and marry a mentally-ill prince who will one day become the king of Egypt. Romantic drama set against the Amarna-revolution. 
Also known as: "Queen of the Nile" or "Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile".

 

a>Serpent of the Nile - USA, 1953

 

Director: William Castle
Story: Robert E. Kent
Cast: Rhonda Fleming (Cleopatra), Raymond Burr (Mark Antony), Michael Ansara (Florus)

 
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NR1h21TechnicolorWestern Electric

Unintentionally comic rendering of the tragic love of Antony and Cleopatra.

 

a>The Curse of King Tut's Tomb - UK, 1980

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Director: Philip Leacock
Story: Barry Wynne (book) - Herb Meadow
Cast: Eva Maria Saint (Sarah Morrissey), Robin Ellis (Howard Carter), Raymond Burr (Jonash Sabastian)

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NR1h38  

Dramatization of some of the events and intrigues surrounding the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

 

The Egyptian - USA, 1954

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Director: Michael Curtiz
Story: Philip Dunne - Casey Robinson
Cast: Jean Simmons (Meryt), Victor Mature (Horemheb), Peter Ustinov (Kepta), Edmund Purdom (Sinuhe), Michael Ansara (Hittite Commander)

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NR2h19DeluxeStereo

Sinuhe, an orphan living in 18th Dynasty Egypt, becomes a brilliant physician and is appointed to the service of the new pharaoh, Amenhotep IV. Surrounded by intrigue, he learns the secrets that answer the questions he has sought ever since his birth.
Set against the Amarna-revolution backdrop, this movie is low on historical accuracy, but strong in plot and spectacle.

 

The Pharaoh's Women - Italy, 1960

 

Director: Giorgio Rivalta
Story: Remigio del Gross - Ugo Liberatore
Cast: Linda Cristal (Akis), Pierre Brice (Amosi), Armando Francioli (Ramsis), John Barrymore (Sabaku)

 
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NR1h27TechnicolorMono

Intrigues in Ancient Egypt as two men fight each other over the throne, and, of course, over a woman. Also known under its Italian title "La donna dei faraoni".



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