Sinuhe l’egiziano (film di Michael Curtiz del 1954)

Tratto dal romanzo di Mika Waltari, SINUHE L’EGIZIANO è un film diretto da Michael Curtiz nel 1954. Scritto da Philip Dunne e Casey Robinson, ne sono gli interpreti principali Edmund Purdom, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Michael Wilding, Gene Tierney e Bella Darvi.

Sinuhe è stato abbandonato in fasce e ritrovato da un medico dei reietti il quale, assieme alla consorte, lo cresce facendogli apprendere la sua stessa professione dopodiché, ormai adulto, conosce Horembeb che diventa suo amico e Merit, follemente innamorata di lui, che tuttavia si lascia ammaliare dall’avida Nefer che lo riduce all’indigenza. Dopo essere stato il medico del Faraone per avergli salvato la vita, fugge roso dalla vergogna dopo aver perduto tutto finanche la tomba dei genitori ma, dopo aver guarito un condottiero ittita, scopre la forza delle loro moderne armi affilate col ferro e decide di far ritorno in Egitto per metterne al corrente Horembeb divenuto capo dell’esercito del Faraone. Quest’ultimo vorrebbe succedergli e chiede a Sinuhe di avvelenarlo poiché lo reputa un debole senza slancio bellico, così il medico sceglie di avallare il suo desiderio, ma le ultime mistiche parole del regnante scavano in fondo al suo cuore screditando la figura del suo efferato successore che per punirlo ne decreta l’esilio a vita.

Sfortunato al botteghino, il film di Curtiz si erge comunque a classico del genere storico/biblico con una rappresentazione storica eccellente, fruttando una messa in scena spettacolare e curando i particolari. Al resto pensano interpreti magistrali che tendono a rubarsi la scena. All’epoca Purdom fu scelto per il diniego di Brando ma inveì contro il regista che a suo dire tagliò diverse sue inquadrature, benché l’attore britannico è costantemente presente nelle oltre due ore del film. L’attrice Bella Darvi, fidanzata del produttore della pellicola Daryl F. Zanuck, sfilò il ruolo di Nefer a Marilyn Monroe.

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