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MYSTERIES OF EGYPT (article first published : 2006-03-19)

Currently running at IMAX at Gateway is Mysteries of Egypt, a magnificent film that explores the birth of one of the world’s first civilisations.

With the superb IMAX technique, audiences are able to fly over the pyramids, marvel at the beauty of the tomb paintings in the Valley of the Kings and experience moments in history through dramatic re-enactments. These include the building of pyramids, the military exploits of the pharaohs and the drama of the tomb robbers. A sequence shows how Tutankhamun’s mummy was ceremoniously placed in his tomb and the moment when Howard Carter peered into the tomb.

Well-known Egyptian actor Omar Sharif plays the role of the grandfather of a young girl, played by British actress Kate Maberly. He takes her around the country to introduce her to the wonders and magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization. At first, she doesn’t share her grandfather’s enthusiasm, but she soon changes her mind. Like so many tourists who visit the pyramids, she is awestruck by the sheer magnitude of these architectural wonders. As she listens to her grandfather’s stories, she is fascinated by the mummy’s curse and begins to appreciate the incredible legacy of the land of the pharaohs.




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