6.7/10
333
8 user 14 critic

The Loves of Pharaoh (1922)

Das Weib des Pharao (original title)
The Ethiopian King offers his daughter to a powerful Pharaoh to secure peace between the two countries.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke
Anna Boleyn (1920)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Henny Porten, Emil Jannings, Paul Hartmann
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A girl is kidnapped and held captive in an ancient Egyptian temple. She is rescued and flees to England, but soon finds that her mysterious captor is still haunting her.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Emil Jannings
Sumurun (1920)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The favorite slave girl of a tyrannical sheik falls in love with a cloth merchant. Meanwhile, a hunchback clown suffers unrequited love for a traveling dancer who wants to join the harem.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Pola Negri, Paul Wegener
The Wildcat (1921)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Paul Heidemann
Der Verlorene (1951)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy.

Director: Peter Lorre
Stars: Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke
Adventure | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Nazis to switch sides.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lilli Palmer
Carmen (1918)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The tragic story of Don Jose, a Spanish cavalryman, who falls under the spell of a gypsy girl, Carmen, who treats him with both love and contempt and leads him into temptation and thus ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Leopold von Ledebur
Three Women (1924)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A frivolous middle aged socialite is suddenly put upon to have her daughter live with her. Her conniving paramour dumps her for the daughter, leaving the young boyfriend crushed.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pauline Frederick, May McAvoy, Marie Prevost
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Paul Biensfeldt ...
Menon
Friedrich Kühne ...
Oberpriester
Albert Bassermann ...
Sothis
...
Ramphis
...
Samlak
Lyda Salmonova ...
Makeda
Dagny Servaes ...
Theonis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina Dietrich
Waldemar Potier
Elsa Wagner
Edit

Storyline

The Ethiopian King Samlak offers his daughter Makeda to the powerful Pharaoh Amenes in order to secure peace between the two countries. What was intended as a political move ends as a debacle. Instead of Makeda, Amenes chooses Samlak's beautiful slave girl Theonis. Nevertheless, Amenes can not secure the love of Theonis as she is in love with the young Egyptian Ramphis. Having suffered humiliation, the Ethiopians declare war on Egypt. Amenes is injured in a battle and perishes - but only seemingly. The happy union between Theonis and Ramphis is in peril when Pharaoh Amenes returns to claim his wife and his throne. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 August 1922 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Pharaoh  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Peculiar alterations were made to the original German version in the Russian, Italian and US release versions: The Russian version shows the Pharaoh as a tyrannical ruler; harsh and despotic. The Italian version, on the other hand, emphasizes the love-stricken, vulnerable Pharaoh. He eventually loses his power as a result of his love for the beautiful slave girl. Presumably, this portrayal was not acceptable in Russia at the time and the film was edited accordingly. In the US release version the film ends with Ramphis's rise to power and the happy union between him and Theonis. The return of the Pharaoh and the subsequent tragedy is omitted in favor of a happy ending to satisfy the expectations of the US audiences. See more »

Goofs

When he is reigning as Pharoah, Amenes (Emil Jannings) has a shaved head. When he reappears after having been thought dead, he has a full head of hair. See more »

Connections

Version of The Pharaohs' Woman (1960) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Luscious Restoration with a Breathtaking Score
14 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fabulous restoration of this film alone makes it worth viewing. The pictures are glossy and luscious as to be almost magical. It makes you realize that even though the movies were still silent in the 1920's, the quality of the film was first rate.

Also extremely noteworthy of the version recently shown on TCM is the spectacular orchestral score, really one of the best. Try to actively listen to the music if you can from time to time - especially in the late battle scenes, it is worthy of Wagner.

The sets are over the top, and the cast begins as a cast of dozens, then scores, then hundreds, and then literally thousands as the climactic battle scenes are reached. The Germans really outdid themselves here, easily matching the Hollywood spectacles of the same era. With great skill, director Ernst Lubitcsh was able to interweave outlandish spectacle with a lot of close-up tragedy, perhaps having learned this technique from watching D.W. Griffith fliks.

Unfortunately, the exaggerated emotive acting is a little painful to watch at times. This is the kind of over-acting histrionics that would be mocked by some for many years after the advent of sound.

The plot occasionally borders a bit on the unbelievable as well. I think the silliest thing was when, early in the film, the pharaoh is about to sign a peace treaty with the Ethiopians, when suddenly he is informed that someone is "approaching" the Treasury! In great shock, the king abandons the ceremony to deal with this incredible event personally! This would be like President Roosevelt walking out on the Yalta Conference in order to deal with a dog that had piddled in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. Silly indeed.

The actor playing the hero "Ramphes" may also have the ugliest haircut in the history of serious film.

But these are minor distractions. "The Loves of Pharaoh" is art, and it is movie history, and the glorious restoration makes it well worth viewing.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Unpleasant kerrydragon
Discuss The Loves of Pharaoh (1922) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?