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A Historical Movie Review Of The Mummy.

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The movie 'The Mummy' was created, it seems, almost purely based on stereotypes sacrificing both historical accuracy and entertainment value. Set in ancient and 1920's Egypt, two time period that, no doubt, bring many vivid images to mind. However, the majority of those images are skewed in someway, and, unfortunately, in this film. Throughout the film the most basic historical facts on architecture, costume, characters, and technological innovationswere either skewed in some way or completely ignored. In addition many blatantly obvious points on the role of men and women and class structure and were overlooked.Of all the characters in the film only Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun have a place in history, the rest are completely fictional. This, however, does not mean the Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun of the film are as they are perceived in history. His portrayal in the movie was somewhat more than unflattering, as he was shown, in essence, to be an high priest that fell in love with one of the pharaoh Seti I wives, Anck-Su-Namun, then returns as an evil half-dead creature. All, save that Imhotep being a high priest, is made up. Imhotep lived during the reigns of Khasekhem and Djoser around 2980 BCE, almost 2000 years before the time period the film placed him. Also he was more than just a priest, he was an architect, vizier to the pharaohs, sculptor, and even a renowned physician, who seemed to be generally thought of as very caring. Anck-Su-Namun, too, lived in a different time, but only by a 100. She was the daughter of Nefertiti and was married to Tutankhamun and Ay, very different from her life in the film.The portrayal of the role of women in the film is very interesting as there are only two women in the film, one in the 1920's and one in ancient Egypt. Anck-Su-Namun, as seen in the film, had no power what so ever. This was not true as she was a member of the royal family and wife of a pharaoh, so she would have had enough clout to at least delay the pharaoh's guards from pursuing Imhotep. The opposite is true with Evelyn. Throughout the film it seems she gets more of respect from men than she should. This is best exemplified when she bargains for O'Connel's life, in the prison, with the warden all by herself. In the 1920's women were still fighting for the right to vote, so it seems a bit of a stretch that a young women would have been in that position thinking, as Evelyn did, that she could win a mans freedom with money alone.The architecture shown in the film is fairly close to what it was like in the past. The major area where the film differs from reality was in the ancient temples. They were shown to have incredibly complex systems of shafts, which is true, but the way the shaft were shown was inaccurate. In the film the shafts were usually walled by very rough stone work, in reality temples were well constructed with superb craftsmanship. Also the is a scene where they are chased by scarabs to a room with a whindy ramp at quite a high above...

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