Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The First Mummy Film - Cleopatra’s Tomb (1899)

     Cleopatra’s Tomb (1899) also known as Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb  was the first mummy film.  This was produced by the pioneering film maker George Melies, who also produced The Haunted Castle (1896) and A Trip to the Moon (1902). In this early film, which apparently utilized stop motion photography, a man chops up the mummy of Cleopatra and then reconstructs her.

     It was believed that Cleopatra’s Tomb (1899) had been located by the Lobster Film Company in France in 2005. It had  allegedly been in a chest with several other of Melies' films which was sold at an auction. However, it was soon discover that it was in fact was a different film, The Oracle of Delphi (1903), which also a George Melies production. Unfortunately, at this time Cleopatra’s Tomb (1899) is still a lost film.

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