A bold in terms of its transference to the era of the Pharaohs film by Kawalerowicz, this is a dazzling tour-de-force in how the vast desert is contrasted to the politcal machination in darkly lit interiors. Very sensual at points, it also works on a variety of levels, even as a latent critique of Catholicism. Zelnik is both adequate to the role and handsome as Ramses and his double. Replete with visual pleasures!
Cinematography by Jerzy Wójcik. "Desire" list: Jerzy Zelnik is an actor who belongs by his body and face to Chahine's epics and to Pasolini's realistic revision of tragedies, to the look that these filmmakers dedicated to the male and his expressiveness. In this film as the fictitious Ramses XIII and Lycon, Zelnik reaches an iconic irreproachable dimension. And Kawalerowicz a surprising plasticity of the wide screen.