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Tut: The Boy King (1978)

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Review the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 with archival photographs and reviews the highlights of the treasure trove with anecdotal stories and conjecture about the Boy King's life and death.


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Priceless artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun filmed while on display at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. during the North American Exhibition in 1977. Orson Wells hosts this documentary providing such vivid description of the treasures, one can see them even without looking! "The detail of many the treasures are revealed with far better definition than if seen in person," as stated by Orson Welles. Written by Kelly E.F. Wiebe (

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Tutankhamen: El niƱo rey  »

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Himself - Host: Speak his name softly - Tutankhamun - treasured antiquity sealed in a tomb. Weave us a tapestry, silver and gold. Sing us a song of him centuries old.
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An overview of the 1978 USA exhibition of Thut's treasures in the National Gallery
17 January 2006 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This DVD is only worth seeing (and hearing!) because of Orson Welles lyrical voice and W.W. Lewis' text. The original video must have been in an almost pre-dynastic state for all the colours are washed out and the production suffers from an "artsy" approach that the treasures of Thutanchamun didn't need, and didn't deserve.

But Orson Welles alone, and those glorious lyrical texts, nay, almost a hymn sung to this enigmatic boy-king, is worth the trouble! How fascinating it is to discover that Welles is capable of bringing this ancient little king to life in words and sounds (and the music isn't bad either!) while the visuals fail miserably. And that's a sin, considering the artistic wealth of these treasures. Sound over sight, so typical for Orson!

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