Egypt in Silent Cinema

Christus (Giulio Antamoro 1916)

Christus (Giulio Antamoro 1916)

On Tuesday 8 January 2013, I will hold the lecture ‘Van Aida tot Cleopatra: Egypte in de zwijgende film’ for RoMeO, association of Friends of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden. The lecture is in occasion of the exhibition Egypte on Film, held at the museum. My paper will focus on the representation of Egypt in silent cinema, from the first films by the Lumiere Brothers (1897) to epic cinema such as The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. deMille (1923). I will dedicate special attention to the representation in Italian silent cinema and to the relationships between cinema and 19th century painting, such as the Orientalism by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Also the biblical and non-fictional aspects will be part of the presentation. Of course I will show various film clips, partly from the collection of EYE Filmmuseum. One week after, on Monday 14th of January, I will contribute to a round table during the symposium Beeldvorming in de historische film [Representation in historical cinema]. This symposium will take place at the same museum as well, 09.00-18.00.

~ by Ivo Blom on January 1, 2013.

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