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Pharaoh | Martin Scorsese Presents

An epic production, including battle scenes featuring thousands of extras and refined choreography, Pharaoh focuses on the young Egyptian ruler, Ramesses XIII.
WED   09 / 03 / 2016
18:00  –  21:00
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

This screening is part of a year-long retrospective Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema in NInA.

Pharaoh, dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1966, 180 minutes

With his young passions, love and idealism, Ramesses has to face the cold pragmatism of dealing with the country’s external enemies and internal struggles. His position reduced to but a figurehead, Ramesses fights to regain power, ultimately falling to absolute control of knowledge by his priests. Riddled with psychological, moral, and philosophical questions on the nature of power, Pharaoh forgoes large battle scenes and romantic kisses in favor of a deeply meaningful artistic creation. Unfortunately, the German releasing firm that acquired the distribution rights to Pharaoh shortened the film for international release and then went bankrupt when there was little interest in the truncated version. Now restored to its original form, Pharaoh brandishes its heroism as a weapon — teaching us that noble defeat is better than silence in the face of morally corrupt politics.


The movie will be shown with English subtitles.


Admission is free of charge and does not require registration.
Seats are limited (120). Please arrive early to ensure admission.


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