egyptian city

4

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. In celebration, we bring you Park City’s Egyptian Theatre! Construction on the theatre began in 1922, around the time archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Inspired by this discovery and under the supervision of Egyptologist C.R. Berg, the theatre was adorned with obelisks, hieroglyphics, and lotuses, among several other Egyptian motifs. The Egyptian has been the iconic venue for the Sundance Film Festival since the inaugural Festival in 1985.


© 1991 Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute, © 2016 Sundance Institute | Photo by Stephen Speckman, © 2000 Fred Hayes for Sundance Institute, © 2016 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jonathan Hickerson

10

Noir City: Film Noir Festival 2017

THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942)
QUIET PLEASE, MURDER (1942)

35mm prints!

Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation

Friday, March 24 - 7:30PM, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

TICKETS

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. Cocktail hour between films for all ticket buyers, sponsored by CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.

THIS GUN FOR HIRE - New 35mm Print

1942, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tuttle

With a screenplay by W.R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and Albert Maltz (NAKED CITY) based on the novel by Graham Greene, here is one of the genuinely seminal films in Hollywood’s original noir movement! This taut thriller made stars of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, who’d become Paramount’s biggest box-office duo of the 1940s. Ladd plays lone-wolf assassin Philip Raven, who enlists Lake’s aid in freeing himself from a frame-up by a secret cadre of “fifth columnists.” John Seitz’s camerawork presages the shadowy dread he’d bring to sunny Los Angeles in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Lake sports sensational outfits created by the legendary Edith Head. Costarring Robert Preston and the fabulous Laird Cregar, in one of his earliest performances. A must-see!

QUIET PLEASE, MURDER - Archival 35mm print, Never on DVD

1942, 20th Century Fox, 70 min, USA, Dir: John Francis Larkin

George Sanders is at his arrogant best as a master forger who steals a priceless Shakespeare folio while teaming up with femme fatale Gail Jackson. The scene of the crime: the Los Angeles Public Library! An example of the Fox B-unit at its best! Also starring Richard Denning.

youtube

Maria Shazadi - Leila Helwa

Do you like Ms. Marvel and Egyptian mythology? Then check out the new Doctor Fate!

Yoooo so this kind of snuck up on people this week, but issue one of the new Doctor Fate book dropped yesterday and I gotta say, it’s darned fun and would be a shame if people overlooked this comic. 

Khalid Nelson (originally announced as Khalid Nassour), an Egyptian-American city kid studying to be a doctor is called upon as the next in line to wear the helmet of Fate. 

The book itself is a very different play on the traditional Doctor Fate. There is a very deep concentration on Egyptian mystical history and its connection to the helmet, opening up a world of potential heroes and villains that have rarely been explored in DC. The same way Wonder Woman has always had the pantheon of potential Greek Gods, now we are opened up to the worlds of Anubis and Bastet. 

The art and physical tone of the book is very reminiscent of an older, (think graduate student), Kamala Khan. There’s a little less excited energy than that of the current Ms. Marvel book, but considering the difference in characters that’s not surprising. 

The charm of the family dynamics and this confused would-be-hero are lovely and have the potential to expand into a really stunning book. It’s cool to see that DC is taking a well known character (traditionally caucasian) and creating more diversity where it is sorely needed. 

Definitely worth picking up this week you guys! 

25 CIRCLE PLANS 

From Left to Right: 

Pier Luigi Nervi, Sports Palace, Plan, Rome, Italy, 1958-1960 / Plan of an Etruscan Tumulus / Jacques Molinos, Field of Rest, Plan, Paris, France, 1799 / John Thorpe, Drawing for a House / The Concentric Stone Circle, Plan, Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, England 

Manjak Chief’s House, Plan, Guinea Bissau, 1950 / Laurent Vaudoyer, Design for a Spherical House, 1784 / The Egyptian Hieroglyph for City / The Ambo, Plan of a Kraal, Namibia / Adolf Loos, Chicago Tribune Tower Competition, Plan Showing Division of Offices, Chicago, Illinois, 1922 

Restormel Castle, Plan, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England / Welton Becket & Associates, Capitol Records Building, Plan, Los Angeles, California, 1956 / Orvill H. Sowl, United States Patent 115,577, Design for a Building, Plan, 1938-1939 / Neufforge Cemetery, 1778 / Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, American Trust Company, Plan, San Francisco, California, 1960  

The Southwick House, Plan, Middletown, Rhode Island / Eduardo Paolozzi, Clock, 1983 / Plan of the Round City of Al-Mansur, Baghdad, 766 A.D. / Antoine Petit, Hotel Dieu, Plan, Paris, France, 1774 / Plan of Zincirli 

The Plan of a Kipsigis House / E. Vincent Harris, The Manchester Central Library, First Floor Plan, Manchester, England, 1930-1934 / S. Minofiev, Circus Building, Plan, Ivanovo, Russia, 1931-1933 / Edwin Lutyens, Lambay Castle, Plan, County Dublin, Ireland, 1905 / Successful Home Plans, Design S 1428 

3

The Ancient Egyptian City of Cats

In Ancient Egypt the cat was more than just a domesticated feline pet, it was a holy animal which represented the goddess Bastet.  By the New Kingdom of Egypt, cat worship became common place among Egyptians, and there was even a special “Cult of the Cat” dedicated to Bastet and the veneration of kitties.  In the 9th Century BC the Egyptian Pharaoh Shoshenq I made the City of Bubastis the capital of his empire, and dedicated the city to the worship of Bastet and of cats.  At the center of the city was a temple dedicated to Bastet, described as one of the most attractive temples in all of Egypt.  However it was not the temple itself that caught the eye.  After the time Egypt had become a part of the Hellenic (Greek) world Cult of the Cat continued to flourish in Egypt.  In 450 BC the Greek traveler and historian Herodotus visited Bubastis and the temple.  What he saw was shocking.  Thousands upon thousands of cats, all of which were venerated as sacred animals and cared for by priests. To control the cat population (in an age before spaying, neutering, or Bob Barker) periodic culling of the cat heard through ritual sacrifices conducted by the priests.  The mummified cats were then sold to pilgrims as relics.  Herodotus goes on further to report that the annual Festival of Bastet was held in the city every year, drawing as many as 700,000 people from all around Egypt, who would spend the time drinking, partying, and having sex, all because of the cats.  

While many may scoff at the idea of thousands of sacred cats occupying a holy temple, there is real evidence to back such a claim.  In the late 19th century a tomb containing the mummies of 80,000 cats was discovered near the Temple of Bastet in modern day Beni Hasan.  Peashooter is amazed by the thought of so many cats, but wonders how badly that temple must have smelled.

Colossal head of Serapis

This head depicting the Greco-Egyptian god Serapis is from a colossal statue that stood over 4 metres tall. The statue is thought to be from the Temple of Serapis, a huge sanctuary measuring 101 metres by 78 metres, which once stood in the ancient Egyptian city of Canopus. The impressive remains of this sanctuary were recently discovered by underwater archaeologists led by Franck Goddio.

In this statue, Serapis wears his characteristic headdress, a corn measure known as a kalathos, symbolising abundance and fertility. Alongside his funerary and royal roles, Serapis was worshipped for his healing powers, which according to ancient historians were particularly potent in Canopus. People came from afar to sleep within the temple complex in order to be healed by ‘incubation’, when miraculous cures were delivered in a dream.

The god Serapis is said to have been introduced to Egypt by the ancient Greek ruler Ptolemy I. Serapis was aimed at Greeks living in Egypt and his worship developed where Greek presence was prevailing, notably in Alexandria and Canopus. The popularity of this universal god also flourished outside Egypt in the Greek Mediterranean world, then later in the Roman Empire.

Colossal head of Serapis. Canopus, c. 200 BC. On loan from Maritime Museum, Alexandria. Photo: Christoph Gerigk. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation.

2

Cleopatra belonged to a dynasty that descended from Ptolemy one of the Macedonian generals who carved up the empire created by their leader, Alexander the Great. By the time of her birth in 69 B.C., all the other Greek dynasties had long since died out; only the Ptolemies, a name they used as a title like “pharaoh,” remained. They ruled from the Egyptian city of Alexandria, the most famous of the many cities so founded and named by Alexander.

The Ptolemies’ endurance is surprising, since the aspects of Egyptian culture that they adopted tended to separate them from the Egyptians rather than bring them closer to the people. Like the pharaohs, they claimed to be gods, but the pharaohs were powerful rulers and the Ptolemies were not. Also like the pharaohs, they practised intermarriage. (Cleopatra’s first two husbands were her brothers.) Intermarriage only kept their bloodline more Greek and more cut off from the Egyptians.

Ancient Civilizations Reference Library - Judson Knight and Stacy A. McConnell

PHOTO OF THE DAY:

THE villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) for Emperor Hadrian as a private summer retreat between 118 and 134 CE. One of the most striking and best preserved parts of the Villa are the Canopus and Serapeum. Canopus was an Egyptian city where a temple (Serapeum) was dedicated to the god Serapis.


Photo taken by Carole Raddato/Following Hadrian