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Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Pharaoh

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Wednesday 8/20
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
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dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Poland, 1966, DCP, color, Polish w/ English subtitles, 152 min.

An epic production, including battle scenes featuring thousands and refined choreography, Pharaoh focuses on the young Egyptian ruler, Ramses XIII. With his young passions, love and idealism he has to face the cold pragmatism of dealing with the country’s external enemies and internal struggles. His position reduced to but a figurehead, Ramses 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, a 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 all that noble defeat is better than silence in the face of morally corrupt politics.


Organized by: Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory, CRF and The Film Foundation.

In cooperation with: Kino RP, Tor, Zebra, Kadr and Janus Films.

 

Distributed by Milestone Film & Video.

 

With the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Film Institute.

 

Honorary Patronage: the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto