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Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh (the only one of the seven wonders of the world left), their age ranges - in different ... See full summary »

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Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh (the only one of the seven wonders of the world left), their age ranges - in different theories - between 3,000 and even 12,000 years. Here, an old Egyptian is asked by his granddaughter about those mysteries of which we all heard in one way or the other. The action takes us to Howard Carter, who, after years and years of searching, finally found King Tutankhamen's (Tut-ench-Amun) grave in 1922. This was a major event in archaeology, as this grave was never robbed and therefore in the same condition as it was left (est.) 1339 B.C. We also get to see the Nile's wells and other historic landmarks that make Egypt an important part of world history. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Omar Sharif talks and Kate Maberly listens - enough said.
1 December 1998 | by (Galveston, TX USA) – See all my reviews

What can I say? It's primarily one of those National Geographic specials benefitting from the spectaular I-Max camera; you get a lot of immense vistas of Egypt, the Nile (the waterfall is great, and the obligatory scene with the helicopter careering down the Nile is pretty cool - it features a super-imposed map of Africa on the water, showing the route of the river through the continent - just be sure you wait until after the show to eat lunch, because looking at it is a lot like trying to read the billboards on the side of the road while someone else is driving), the gigantic statue of Ramses the VI and, of course, the pyramids. You also get a lot of Omar Sharif's voice, who narrates the film (it's evident he enjoyed doing this), but you only get a little of Kate Maberly, who has only a small part. Of course, for any dedicated Kate fan, it's enough to justify the price of admission.

Let's face it - Kate brightens any movie just by being in it, no matter what kind of role she has. She's worked with director Bruce Neibaur before, in his movie ‘Friendship's Field'; when Bruce got the job of directing an I-Max film for National Geographic, and needed someone to fill the supporting role of Omar Sharif's granddaughter, someone had the excellent idea to re-hire Kate for the job.

Actually, the roles of Omar and Kate are really just a device for telling the story of the boy prince King Tut, and the search for his tomb by Howard Carter (portrayed by Timothy Davies, whose scenes are filmed in black & white; they also include some photos from his expedition and the discovery of Tut's tomb- they're fascinating to look at, since it was the only tomb to be discovered intact in modern times). The re-enactments of these events are fun to watch; of course, I don't know the first thing about Egypt's history, so I can't vouch for the accuracy, but it's entertaining nonetheless. The music by Sam Cardon is also very enjoyable.

The movie starts with Omar's voice-over, telling Kate about how exciting King Tut's burial was, as we watch a re-enactment of the same. We then cut to a restaurant in modern Egypt, as we hear Kate's voice-over, "That's a great story, Grandpa...," in an American accent (very similar to the one she used in ‘Gulliver's Travels' - it's amazing how recognizable her voice is). The camera then takes us into a room in the restaurant, revealing Omar and Kate seated at a table, with her back to us. Omar is trying to interest Kate in the rich history and mysteries of Egyptian culture, but she's primarily interested in the curse of the mummy. Eventually the camera angle changes to Omar's p.o.v., and we get our first look at Kate's face, sporting a CUTE smile (trust me, it'll knock your socks off).

After that, it's mostly re-enactments (the one where they're constructing the pyramids is the most interesting), with a continuous narration by Omar and a few questions by Kate sprinkled in for good measure. They're mostly voice-overs, although there are a few scenes of them walking around the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. My favourite is when they're at the pyramids, with Kate sitting up on one of the cornerstones, looking down at Omar, who's going on about how intelligent the ancient Egyptians were. The end of the scene shows her gazing at one of the other pyramids in the distance, apparently in deep thought (what can I say - it's not one of her more challenging roles).

We finally end up back at the restaurant with Omar and Kate; we see it's just about closing time, as most of the chairs have been stacked on the tables and the help's sweeping the floor ( actually, it's vaguely reminiscent of Louis Malle's ‘My Dinner with Andre' sans the annoying waiter). They're still talking about the mummy's curse that's interested Kate so. Omar explains that "the curse flies in the face of everything the Egyptians believed in." Kate asks, "You mean life?" (there's that CUTE smile again), to which Omar responds, "Yes...life!" You go, Omar!

Overall, I rather liked this one; it's a decent enough look into an interesting slice of Egypt's history. And Kate does do a good job with her part; her character is primarily designed to ask the questions the audience is supposed to be thinking of, and she makes a spirited go at it. Here's looking forward to her next project.






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