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Pharaonic civilization … a treasure absent from the eyes of Egyptian cinema

A civilization that survived for more than 7 thousand years, and was a key factor in the development of human civilizations throughout the ages. It transferred to the following civilizations a lot of science and knowledge, so it was necessary for the ancient Pharaonic civilization to be an excellent material covered by films in Egyptian cinema. However, unfortunatey Egyptian cinema is very poor in the production of that fertile material. It has presented only a limited number of films that talked about the history of the pharaohs, unlike international cinema, which aroused its passion for the secrets of the pharaonic civilization for many years, during which it produced more than 500 films, many of which won important prizes. In this article, we take you on an interesting journey through time, to learn about the films that monitored the greatness of the ancient Pharaonic civilization in Egyptian cinema.

Bride of the Nile 1963

The movie “Bride of the Nile” drew attention to the issue of drilling in archaeological areas to prospect for oil, through the story of geological engineer Sami Fouad (Rushdi Abaza), who travels to Luxor to follow up the excavations, and Hamis, daughter of the sun god Aten (Lubna Abdel Aziz), appears to him. She tells him that she is the last bride of the Nile and begins to chase him and turn his life to hell, demanding to stop the excavations in this area because of the tombs of the Nile brides, and a love story arises between them and they marry. The film ends with the workers finding a coffin containing the mummy of the bride of the Nile, Hamis, so Sami holds a press conference announcing this important archaeological discovery, to meet a journalist very similar to Hamis, named Nadia Hamdi, and asks her to marry.

Romance in Karnak 1967

The film “Romance in Karnak” revolves in the world of show Biz, through the character of the show dancer Salah (Mahmoud Reda), who dreams of fame, success and access to Egyptian folklore for the world. The greatness of the pharaonic history, and that this place could be the reason for the success and fame of the band due to its wide popularity. The film showed the beauty of the city of Luxor and the great monuments that characterize it, by presenting a group of dance performances using several archaeological sites, as well as a review of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Mummy 1975

The film “The Mummy” discussed the issue of theft of Egyptian antiquities. It was inspired by a true story that took place in 1871, when the Abdel-Rasoul family managed to discover the cache of the mummies of Deir el-Bahari, which included a large group of the mummies of the great kings of the Pharaohs. The film presented the story of a tribe called the Harbats, She lives in Upper Egypt and is famous for stealing and selling pharaonic antiquities, but after the death of the sheikh of the tribe, his children decide to stop stealing antiquities, so one of them is killed by his uncle, while the second succeeds in escaping and informing the archaeological mission about the location of the cemetery.

The Migrant 1994

The film “The Migrant” is the only artwork presented by Egyptian cinema and takes place entirely in the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is a film adapted from the story of our master Yusuf, as it takes place during the reign of Amenhotep III, and tells the story of Ram (Khaled Al-Nabawi), who lives with his old father in a tribe A poor woman in the desert of Egypt, Ram asks his father to immigrate to Egypt to learn agriculture, so his seven brothers accompany him on his journey, and they try to get rid of him by throwing him on a ship heading to Egypt, where the ship owner finds him and decides to sell him, and after Ram arrives in Egypt he meets a captain The armies Amihar (Mahmoud Hamida) and his wife Simhit (Yousra), who fall in love with him, which makes him withdraw to live in the land that Amihar gave him at the borders of Egypt to cultivate, and there he meets the beautiful Egyptian girl Hatti (Hanan Turk) and falls in love with her, and succeeds in reclaiming the land When a famine occurs, Ram is able to save the people with the crop he planted in the desert, and his brothers arrive in Egypt to seek help, Ram recognizes them and reveals his personality to them, takes his girlfriend and returns to his family.

The Mummy’s escape 2002

The movie “The Mummy’s Escape” dealt with the story of a group of archaeologists, Dalia (Nelly Karim), Hassan (Majid Al-Masry) and Majid (Fathi Abdel-Wahab), who discover the mummy of Ramses IV in Luxor, and Hassan tries to seize it, and a Turkish businessman Assigning an international gang to steal the mummy, because he believes that it contains the elixir of youth and health. Indeed, the coffins are exchanged and the mummy is transported to Turkey, and the International Interpol police are able to arrest the gang, and the events end with the return of the mummy to Egypt.

2008 . Paper Code

The movie “Paper Code” presented the story of the young playboy Fayez (Ahmed Fahmy), who discovers with the help of his friends Ismail (Hisham Majid) and Badir (Sheko) that his grandfather, the archaeologist, left him before his death encrypted messages that include the way to access the maps of the treasures of the civilization of Jerusalem, which were drawn by the Jews. Fleeing to Egypt so that its landmarks are not lost, Fayez is chasing an Israeli gang looking for treasure, and they fabricate a murder for the three friends and promise them a large sum of money in addition to their acquittal of the murder charge in exchange for helping the gang find the maps, the friends agree and travel to Luxor on an interesting adventure to find On the maps hidden in the ancient Pharaonic temples, but when Fayez realizes the historical importance of those maps, he refuses to hand them over to the gang. The friends turn to the police to arrest the gang, and Fayez hands the maps to the Antiquities Department, and he and his friends are acquitted of the murder.

The Treasure 2017

The movie “The Treasure” takes place in 1975, where Hassan Bishr Al-Katatni (Ahmed Hatem) returns to his family home in Luxor, after studying Egyptology in Europe. Hassan wants to sell the palace and liquidate its property in Egypt and return to where he came from, especially after the death of his uncle , but the servant surprises him that his father left him a set of papyri and video tapes that he must watch before making the decision to sell, and his father tells him in the video about the treasure in this palace, and in order to find it, he must first read these papyri that tell interesting stories that take place In different eras starting with the Pharaonic era until the reign of King Farouk, passing through the Ottoman era.

Hassan begins reading in the papyrus of the Pharaonic era, which tells the story of Queen Hatshepsut (Hind Sabri) and the difficulties that the Pharaonic Queen faced before she took the reins of power, and the struggle for power between her and the priests of Amun Ra who were strongly opposed to her sitting on the throne of Egypt for fear of her extreme intelligence And its quest to control them and limit their powers.

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