The Great Pyramid
A landmark documentary film, which, at the time was the largest documentary film the BBC had made. Four months of preparation, filming and wrap all took place in Egypt. All costumes were made in Egypt by our amazing work rooms and specialist jewelry reproduction experts.
Not quite a documentary, not quite a drama, this re-enactment of a fictional conscript’s life building the Great Pyramid of Giza is best described as docudrama. Omar Sharif voices the thoughts of the aged Nakht remembering the moment Egyptian soldiers drafted him into the king’s service. The 57-minute film re-creates the boat trip up the Nile and his ascent through the ranks, from delivering water to helping haul 2.5-ton blocks up ramps for the king’s tomb. Interspersed are narrator Michael Pennington’s historical assertions, along with contrasting footage of what the pyramid looks like today.
“The visual richness of Egytian life and scenery along the Nile was unbelievably real – it looks like a film crew was transported back to 2400 BC to make this engrossing saga” Reviewer