Movie: The Egyptian [1954] Movie: The Egyptian [1954]

Movie: The Egyptian [1954] Movie: The Egyptian [1954]

Narrator:
[opening narration] Today the glory of ancient Egypt is ruins and dust. And the greatest of the earth's early civilizations a thing of darkness and mystery. These mighty monuments tell of a people who were rulers of the world. Who created a civilization never surpassed for beauty and splendour. But the Egyptians were not only builders of monuments. They were human beings no different than ourselves. This is the story of a man who dwelt in the ancient land of the Nile thirty-three centuries ago.

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Nefer:
Wait. Before you touch me I must give you a warning.



Sinuhe:
Warning?



Nefer:
There is a reason the Goddess of Love takes the form of a cat.



Sinuhe:
When I look at you I care nothing for cats or gods.



Nefer:
Look Sinuhe. A cat's paws are soft. But they hide claws. A cat takes pleasure in tormenting its victim. Not until the creature is nearly dead does it show pity... and put an end to it.



Sinuhe:
What has this to do with you and me?



Nefer:
You've had less experience, and I must be what I am. Leave now and do not return through the gate in my wall, or you may regret it all your life.



Sinuhe:
I don't even know your name.



Nefer:
In their foolishness, men gave me the name which means, beautiful.



Sinuhe:
Nefer. Nefer. Nefer.

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[last lines]



Sinuhe:
[Older Sinuhe voiceover] I have spent my life in seeking knowledge. This is what I know. I have written this for you my son, wherever you are and for your children and your children's children. It's a poor legacy. But it's all I have.

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Nefer:
Have you ever looked on a woman before?



Sinuhe:
Hundreds, and in the state the gods created them. I'm a physician.



Nefer:
Your name?



Sinuhe:
I am called Sinuhe. He who is alone. Is this your house?



Nefer:
This is my house, and I have guests every evening. I dislike being along.


[claps her hands to summon her servant]



Nefer:
Baraka!


[she handles the pendant around Sinuhe's neck]



Nefer:
The inscription of the new Pharoah.



Sinuhe:
His gift. I must leave now.



Nefer:
Why?



Sinuhe:
Because men bring you rich presents for as little as a smile.


[indicating the pendant]



Sinuhe:
This is all I have.



Nefer:
I have never asked a man for anything, but I ask you to stay.



Sinuhe:
I can't.



Nefer:
Is it because we women of Babylon have a bad reputation? Or do you find me so ugly. Do you?



Sinuhe:
You're beautiful, beyond all dreams.



Nefer:
Such flattery must come easily to a man who's known... hundreds of women.



Sinuhe:
No one before has ever seemed to me so beautiful, so strange. When I look in your eyes, I... feel...



Nefer:
What do you feel Sinuhe?



Sinuhe:
I feel the fever of Thebes in my blood and I know that I was born to live in the sunset of the world and that nothing matters, nothing, but what I see in your eyes. It's late, I must be leaving.



Nefer:
If you go fulfilled with wine and wild thoughts you will surely get into trouble with some designing woman.



Sinuhe:
Would you care?


[he follows as she goes into her garden]

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[first lines]



Sinuhe:
[Older Sinuhe voiceover] I, Sinuhe the Egyptian, write this. In my place of exile on the shores of the Red Sea. There is no more desolate spot on earth. Soon the jackals and the vultures will make a poor meal of what is left of me. No monument will mark my resting place. I will leave only this, the story of my life. I have lived fully and deeply. I have tasted passion, crime and even murder. It is for you to judge me. You must weigh the good against the evil, the passion against the tenderness, the crime against the charity, the pleasure against the pain. I began life as I am ending it, alone. I rode alone on the bosom of the Nile in a boat of reeds dawbed with pitch and tied with fowler's knots. Thus the city of Thebes was accustomed to dispose of its unwanted children. I grew up on the waterfront of the city in the house of my foster parents who had saved me from the river. My foster father lived there by choice because he was also, by choice, physician to the poor of the city. From the rich he could have commanded princely fees, for he alone, in Thebes, was master of the ancient art of opening skulls. From the beginning I kept to myself. I used to wander alone on the banks of the Nile. Until the day came when I was ready to enter the School of Life. In the School of Life were trained the chosen young men of Egypt. The future scientists, philosophers, statesmen and generals. All the learning of Egypt lay in the keeping of the gods. For ten years I served them in the school that I might earn the right to call myself a physician. I learned to bend my body to them, but that was all. My mind still asked a question. Why?

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