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Paul Lesch Desecrations, Curses and Punishments - The Egyptian Mummy in Film

  • Lecture
  •  :
    • 17.09.2015 - 18:00 > 19:30 - French

Language: French

Ever since Karl Freund's film The Mummy from 1932, Egyptian mummies have become an integral part of the iconography of horror films. Curses of tomb desecrators and of mummies themselves are a recurring theme in dozens of films focussing on mummies from Ancient Egypt.

Those productions play on the public's fascination with Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the alleged curse that haunted several members of the expedition.

In this lecture, several classics of this horror film subgenre will be shown.  Apart from Karl Freund's seminal film, the lecturer takes a closed look at the British homonymous production directed in 1959 by Terence Fisher as well as at the more recent blockbusters by Stephen Sommers, The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). Of course, Tales the Mummy, created in Luxembourg by Russel Mulcahy 1997, shall not be left out.

Lecture in French.