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Spectacular cinematography used in an innovative framework featuring noted actor and native Egyptian Omar Sharif provide a highly entertaining glimpse of ancient Egypt in this documentary from National Geographic. Sharif, playing a grandfather who is explaining the archeological wonders to his inquisitive granddaughter, does a fine job of explaining such puzzles as how the pyramids would have been built and what knowledge their builders must have possessed. The interludes between grandfather and granddaughter are handled well, but the star of the production is Egypt itself. Gorgeously composed shots linger over the pyramids, the Sphinx, and a plethora of temples, and a camera flown over the Nile provides stunning footage of the great river's meanderings. Reenactments of events, such as the building of the pyramids, the burial of King Tut, and the 1922 opening of his tomb, are presented intelligently. This production is sure to spark curiosity about ancient Egypt, and even without the careful handling of the history it would probably be worth watching just for the wondrous cinematography. A bonus at the end of the tape is a making-of documentary detailing how the film was shot on location. --Robert J. McNamara

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Omar Sharif
Kate Maberly

  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Bruce Neibaur
  • Producer: Slingshot
  • Length: 63 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1998
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 29, 1999
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