Das Weib des Pharao (1922)

Genres - Epic  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Epic  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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While he was working in his native Germany, Ernst Lubitsch directed a number of historical pictures -- although this one is not that well-known today, it was one of the most spectacular. Emil Jannings stars in the title role of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Samlak, the king of the Ethiopians (Paul Wegener) plans to give his daughter Makeda (Lyda Salmonova) in marriage to Pharoah Amenes (Jannings), thus joining the two countries in friendly relations. However, the Pharaoh has fallen in love with Theonis, a slave girl (Dagny Servaes), who has run away from Samlak with the help of Ramphis (Harry Liedtke), the son of Egypt's main architect (Albert Bassermann). The Pharoah separates Theonis from Ramphis and forces her to marry him. Because of the rejection of their princess the Ethiopians declare war on Egypt. But Theonis does not love the Pharoah and he locks her away. Ramphis finds her, then when the Pharoah has been wounded in battle, he leads the Egyptians to victory. Ramphis now becomes ruler of Egypt and he takes Theonis as his bride.



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