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Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramses XIII / Lycon
Nikotris - Ramses XII's Wife
Kama - Priestess of Astharte (as Barbara Bryl)
Sarah - Jewish Girl
Hebron - Tutmosis' Girl
Mephres - High Priest
Béroès - Chaldean Prophet
Priest of Seth
Alfred Lodzinski ...
Hiram - Phenician Prince
Andrzej Girtler ...
Ramses XII
Tutmosis - Ramses XIII's Friend (as Jerzy Buczacki)
Józef Czerniawski ...
Mentesufis - Priest of Amon
Edward Raczkowski ...


Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.

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11 March 1966 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

Фараон  »

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Pharaoh Ramses XIII is a fictional character. While the name Ramses/Ramesses was relatively common for Pharaohs of the 19th and and 20th Dynasties, there were only 11 historical Pharaohs of that name. Two of them were members of the 19th dynasty, and nine of them were members of the 20th dynasty. See more »

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Slow and stately beautifully rendered exposition of the dissolution of a dynasty
2 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a lovingly rendered meditation on the dissolution of an ancient dynasty. The slow and stately pace matches centuries of the oppressive weight of ossified tradition bearing down on a dying culture, symbolized by the dead stone colossi and gargantuan architecture. There are moments of great beauty realized in its passing, such as the lovely sequence of fowling from a punt in the marshes, and the opening scene of divination on the battlefield by means of observing the movements of the sacred scarab dung beetles. Without a doubt, the most convincing depiction of those fascinating past people to date on the screen

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