Production info

The Egyptian
USA, 1954

Michael Wilding, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Bella Darvi
Directed by Michael Curtiz

  

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new pharaoh Akhnaten. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues, and bizarre secrets are revealed to him, he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth.

Based on the finnish novel "Sinuhe Egyptiläinen" (Sinuhe the Egyptian) by Mika Waltari. Although Waltari employed some poetic license in combining the biographies of Sinuhe and Akhenaton, he was otherwise much concerned about the historical accurary of his detailed description of ancient Egyptian life and carried out considerable research into the subject. The result has been praised not only by readers but also by egyptologists. The film is also heralded by Christians for Akhnaten being the first monotheistic ruler in the world, who by the end of the film recognizes the Aton sun disk he worshipped is but a symbol of the wamth of the one true god. The film ends thoughtfully with the words "these things happened thirteen centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ..."


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