Fridays – Egyptomania! Ancient Egypt at the Movies Secrets from the Sands of the Ancient World
4/9 & 4/16
Instructor: Stephen “Dr. Steve” Phillips, Ph.D.,
At the turn of the 20th century, ancient Egyptian motifs and themes emerged in fashion, jewelry, decorative arts, in popular culture, and even in modern architecture. The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, in November 1922, set off a new wave of “Egyptomania,” a thirst for of all things Egyptian, especially in the West.
Ancient Egypt also emerged in cinema as the storyline of numerous films that spanned decades (for example, The Mummy, with Boris Karloff (1932), Land of the Pharaohs, with Joan Collins (1955), and The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser (1999). Ancient Egypt even became also an inspiration for the architecture of movie theaters themselves.
Week One of the workshop continues to analyze Egyptomania, as it developed through 20th century. Week Two examines vintage Egypt-themed movie trailers in chronological order to ask – is the portrayal of ancient Egypt accurate?