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DVD & BluRay release on 30th June 2012

The DVD and BluRay of „The Loves of Pharaoh“ are now available since 30th June 2012.

The production of the DVD and BluRay edition took longer than expected due to the complexity of the project and extraordinarily high production costs. The established production methods and distribution channels make an independent release in limited edition difficult to finance and hardly profitable. We are proud to present a high-quality collectors edition with exciting content and packaging.

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Future public screenings

Marcynema, Frankreich, 1 November 2012

Past public screenings

New York Premiere Announced, October 2012

BAM NextWave Festival, October 2012

The Loves of Pharaoh (1922) New York Premiere of Restored Film
World Music Premiere
Numinous, Composition by Joseph C. Phillips Jr.
Presented with BAMcinématek
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St), Oct 18—20 at 7:30pm, Oct 19, post-show (free for same-day ticket holders)
Artist Talk with Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. and Thomas Bakels

Lost for decades, a landmark silent film lives again. Meticulously reconstructed, revered German auteur Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh (1922) is returned to near-original form. Set in ancient Egypt, this monumental super-spectacle features lavish sets and costumes and a cast of thousands. Emil Jannings (winner of the first Academy Award for Best Actor) stars as the brutal pharaoh Amenes, who leads his country into war for the love of a Greek slave girl. The New York premiere of this stunning restoration is accompanied by the very special world premiere of a new score by Brooklynbased composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr.—whose provocative, genre-bending work combines avantgarde classical, jazz, and big band music—to be performed live by his acclaimed 18-piece new music ensemble, Numinous. The Loves of Pharaoh is the premiere screening on the BAM Harvey Theater’s new Steinberg Screen.
Joseph C. Phillips Jr. is an experimental composer whose music combines jazz and classical technique with the influence of film and visual arts. His work has been performed at the Merkin Concert Hall, the Renee Weiler Concert Hall at the Greenwich House Music School, the Merce Cunningham Dance Studios, the Steve Reich Festival at the Netherlands’ Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the Brooklyn Spring Jazz and Pop Festival. Phillips is also the founder and conductor of Numinous, a unique ensemble of classical and jazz musicians that has performed at a wide variety of performing arts centers and music venues throughout New York. Numinous has released two studio albums under Phillips’ direction—The Music of Joseph C. Phillips Jr. and Vipassana—with a third recording for New Amsterdam Records on the way. Thomas Bakels is the founder of ALPHA-OMEGA digital GmbH, a post-production facility based in Munich, Germany specializing in film restoration. Bakels has overseen such prestigious projects as the restoration of Fritz Lang’s dystopian sci-fi epic Metropolis and, most recently, Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh.

US Premiere

The English version of the restored film premiered at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on 18th October 2011. The architecture of the theater fits the Egyptian setting of Lubitsch's monumental film perfectly. The return of a lost Lubitsch film is a major event in the film world - especially in the United States where Lubitsch established himself as one of the most prominent directors of his time. The US premiere of The Loves Of Pharaoh was accompanied by a live orchestra performance of the original score, conducted by Robert Israel.
Photo: Premiere at the Egyptian Theater, LA
Photo: Robert Israel with Thomas Bakels at the Premiere in LA

German Premiere

The German premiere of the restored version of the film took place at the Neues Museum in Berlin on 17th September 2011. The WDR-orchestra performed Eduard Künnecke’s original score conducted by Frank Strobel.

There are numerous links between the renowned collection of the museum and the film. Both document the great enthusiasm for Egyptology in Berlin at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. It was at this time that the museum collection was founded and popular culture began to extensively engage with the ancient Egyptian world.

A simultaneous public viewing of the live-streaming of the screening and performance at the Neues Museum was held at the Babylon-Kino in Berlin. The performance could also be viewed live on the ARTE website.

Photo: Premiere at the Neues Museum in Berlin
The TV premiere of the film was on ARTE on 26th September 2011. Thanks to a collaboration with ZDF/ARTE audiences can now see an almost complete film, extensively restored and accompanied by a high-class recording of the original score for the first time in 80 years.

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