FILM SCREENING: The Loves of Pharaoh, 1922 silent German classic Find us
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30pm
Chapter: Georgia (Atlanta)
Speaker: Introduction to the film given by Dr. David Pratt, Emory University Film Studies Program
Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum (3rd Floor), 571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322. Directions and parking information can be found on the Emory University website.
This film screening is free and open to the public.
Description: The Loves of Pharaoh (German: Das Weib des Pharao, aka The Wife of the Pharaoh) is a 1922 German historical epic film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It starred Emil Jannings.
A complete version of the film had been considered lost for years. A digitally restored and reconstructed version premièred on 17 September 2011. The restored film includes the original music by composer Eduard Künneke that had been commissioned for the film by Lubitsch. Running time is 100 minutes.
Lubitsch is thought to have made The Loves of Pharaoh to show Hollywood that he could make an epic. The Loves of Pharaoh was his last German feature before he migrated to Hollywood in 1923.
While it is hard to argue that Europe’s fascination with the pharaonic has ebbed since Napoleon’s armies arrived in Egypt in the end of the late 18th century, there is no question that 1922 represented something of a high water mark of Western interest in ancient Egypt. Not only did the Englishman Howard Carter discover the tomb of King Tutankhamen in November of that year but earlier, filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch premiered his massive American-financed and German-shot super-spectacle The Loves of Pharaoh. The Carlos’ screening of this long-forgotten, multi-million-mark epic will be the Atlanta premiere of the film’s 2011 Munich restoration and will feature live musical accompaniment by the internationally renowned pianist Donald Sosin, featured artist on silent film releases by Kino International, Milestone Films, and the Criterion Collection. Dr. David Pratt of Emory’s Department of Film and Media will introduce the screening.
“Compelling and significant...It wasn’t possible to appreciate the movie’s imposing beauty, scope, or dramatic impact until now.” — Leonard Maltin, IndieWIRE
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