3,500 Years of Egypt in 24 Movies

by | February 24, 2016 | Comments

Friday’s Gods of Egypt may have drawn early criticism for its mostly white cast, but moviemakers have always viewed the country with a fantastical bent. From biblical stories to historic archaeological delights to springboards into tall science fiction tales, this week’s 24 Frames takes a look at all that, along with modern and true-to-life depictions of Egypt as it is today.

  • Felipe G

    Too many shitty films and definitely not enough actual Egyptian films

    • Ricky Loves You

      What’s a good Egyptian movie this year?

  • Reginald

    I think this article is a really well framed history of whitewashing in Hollywood. I don’t think I see any Egyptians in these photos either (not including The Square obviously.)

    • Brendan Sullivan

      Prince of Egypt has them.

    • CovertOps

      Guess what people are free to make whatever movies they want and sell them to the public. This “whitewashing” is nonsense. It’s what people buy. You don’t have the right to tell them who they should choose to fill roles.

      • elderic noble

        “It’s what people buy” literally no one is watching these movies man

        • CovertOps

          Is that why they make millions?

          • elderic noble

            when a movies budget is 200 million dollars and it only makes like 50 million, that’s what we call a flop

      • Unifer

        Hey guess what – people are free to comment on poor casting choices and racism in Hollywood. You don’t have the right to tell them what they should post!

        • CovertOps

          I don’t have to agree with them, and can tell them they’re wrong as well. Funny how that works isn’t it?

          • Unifer

            Looks like the comment went over your head. Funny how that works isn’t it?

      • Ricky Loves You

        Guess what, he/she does have the right to comment on the misrepresentation of a people and race. Would you be offended or stood Silent if the most popular film industry in the world took your history, your culture, religions, country and replaced the people with theirs instead? I’m sure you would. Picture Gone With the Wind with Arab/African people. Picture a movie about Lincoln, JFK or The Patriot replaced with Africans or Arabs. Seems stupid doesn’t it? So yes , you would feel you have the right to comment on it at the very least.

  • Jack Dee

    In America, Egyptians are honkies.

  • Kristi

    Clicking “Best and Worst Best Pictures” keeps bringing me here. Fix, please.

    • Unifer

      They still haven’t fixed it. This site is a mess. I rarely get what I click on.

  • Edward Callahan

    Obviously, no one here has really seen an existent well-preserved Egyptian relief where what is left of the original pigments portray the Egyptians light skinned as most modern Italians and black people, in this case the Nubians, as very dark indeed, almost coal black. Ancient Egyptians were might lighter you have been lead (by political correctness?) to believe. Go to your library and look at an Egyptian art book if you are curious about it.

    • Unifer

      It sounds like you are the one who needs a lesson on skin colour. Not being black is not the same as being white.

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