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The Eyes of the Mummy (1918)

Die Augen der Mumie Ma (original title)
Approved | | Drama , Horror | 25 June 1922 (USA)
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

Writers:

Hanns Kräly (dramatisation), Emil Rameau (dramatisation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pola Negri ... Ma
Emil Jannings ... Radu, an Arab
Harry Liedtke ... Albert Wendland, a Painter
Max Laurence Max Laurence ... Prince Hohenfels
Margarete Kupfer
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Storyline

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.

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Bewitching Pola Negri as an Oriental dancer who comes from the burning Sahara to capture London society by storm. All the charm and mystery of the East caught into a passion-swept romance of irresistible appeal.

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 June 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eyes of the Mummy Ma See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Radu breaks through the window, a man in a white suit sitting cross-legged in a chair is reflected in the lower left-hand pane. See more »

Alternate Versions

The National Film Museum, Inc. had Hypercube, llc, New York City, digitally restore the movie and provide English subtitles with the German intertitles. The movie has a piano music score composed and performed by Douglas M. Protsik and runs 64 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Berlin Metropolis: Jews in Early German Film (1999) See more »

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A really BIG disappointment!
22 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Considering that this film was directed by the famed German director, Ernst Lubitsch, starred the great Emil Jannings AND it's title talks about Mummies, I was certain that I would love this film--especially since I love silent films. However, in this dreary film, you see none of the famed "Lubitsch touch", Jannings is just okay, the film is NOT about mummies at all and the print from Alpha Video was so fuzzy that it was a chore to watch the thing! The film is set in Egypt, though you really don't see any mummies. Instead, it's an odd tale about a weirdo (Jannings) who has kidnapped a lady (Pola Negri) and has kept her locked inside a temple. When she's rescued by a Brit, he's smitten with her and takes her back to the UK to live with him. She is worried, though, that the crazed Jannings will follow her and exact revenge. No mummies, no curse and not a whole lot of action or excitement.

I wonder. With a different title and different people responsible for the film, I would have had lower expectations and therefore liked the movie more. But, as it was, it was a HUGE disappointment in practically every way.

PS--I've seen quite a few films from Alpha Video. While some of their offerings are rare and hard to find, their DVDs are rather consistently of dubious quality and are rarely, if ever, restored. They are inexpensive, but they're also no bargain thanks to fuzzy or scratchy prints. If you can find other brands, you may want to try them first.


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