Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 30, 1954

The Egyptian (20th Century-Fox), based on Mika Waltari's bestselling novel of Egypt in the 14th century B.C., is described in studio releases as a "$5,000,000 CinemaScope De Luxe Color picturization . . . with 67 major sets, seven stars, two dozen featured players, 87 other speaking roles and over 5,000 extras." Authenticity is rampant in every scene. All 5,000 extras, for instance, have brown eyes, because the research department read somewhere that "there were no blue-eyed Egyptians in the 14th century B.C." Furthermore, the "5,000,000 objects" of Egyptian antiquity in the film were imported or reconstructed from the originals—including reasonable facsimiles...

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