Thursday, February 11, 2016

By the Gods!

Pharaoh Khufu (Jack Hawkins) inspects Princess Nellifer (Joan Collins) for signs of starvation in LAND OF THE PHARAOHS

A wildly episodic film with great production values. Because the script goes here and there, the film never really jells cohesively. The identity of the actor who plays Nellifer's beefy guard in the back remains unknown (he's wrongly credited at IMDb). Joan, in a deep fake tan, was 22 years old when she made this.

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...

Films about Ancient Egypt (other than DeMille's "Ten Commandments") tend to be less successful than Peplums set in Ancient Greece or Rome. This is because Ancient Egypt is so culturally remote from us.

"The Egyptian" is an example of a film set in Ancient Egypt with lavish production values which is only modestly successful.

The various "Cleopatra" films (especially DeMille's 1934 masterpiece) center on Greeks and Romans. They are therefore quite different from flicks set in Pharaonic Egypt.