The novel "Pharaoh" (1897) was reportedly a favorite of Joseph Stalin and helped shape his own views on the historic past. Several elements of the novel also influenced director Sergei Eisenstein, who incorporated them into his film "Ivan the Terrible" (1944, 1958). See more »
Slow and stately beautifully rendered exposition of the dissolution of a dynasty
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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