The Egyptian (1954)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1954.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Years were spent researching clothing design and architectural detail on this mini-epic set in Ancient Egypt, and it definitely shows; unfortunately, the script plays like it was purchased from a small town amateur theatre production. is a dedicated surgeon in the land of the Pharaohs whose path to greatness in his profession is blocked by his blind ambition. His best friend (–now does that tell you how seriously you can take this movie?) is even more dedicated to making it big: he has his sights set on the throne of Egypt. The photography is absolutely eye-popping, and Bernard Herrmann’s score is among his best, but the casting is awful (except for Purdom) and the dialogue hammy (I love it when the little girl with the Egyptian dreadlocks and New England accent announces that she wants her dad to meet her monkey before being put to bed).

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Cinematography-Colour

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