- Original title
- Running time
- 145 min.
Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Tadeusz Konwicki (Novel: Boleslav Prus)
Drama | Historical. Ancient Egypt
- Synopsis / Plot
- In this historical drama, Pharoah Ramses XIII (George Zelnik, aka Jerzy Zelnik) defies tradition when his father dies by assuming command of the military, a post usually occupied by priests. His defiance leads to a battle between those loyal to Ramses XIII and the power structure of the priests. The priests try to fool the people by capitalizing on a solar eclipse, but Ramses XIII realizes the event is only a natural phenomenon. Battle scenes and period costumes from ancient Egypt add to the effectiveness of this colorful three-hour epic historical drama.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
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