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David Macaulay: Pyramid (1988)

The architecture of the Egyptian pyramids is explored while we follow the story of one Egyptian dynasty building them.


Larry Klein


David Macaulay (book), Mark Olshaker
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Cast overview:
David Macaulay David Macaulay ... Himself / Host
Derek Jacobi ... Hordedef (voice)
Brian Blessed ... Ankhaf (voice)
John Hurt ... Khufu / Second French Explorer (voice)
Siân Phillips ... Mersyankh (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Nebka / Dedi / Messenger / First French Explorer (voice)
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Djedefre / Scout (voice)
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ... Henutsen (voice)
Timothy Spall ... Kawab / Tomb Robber (voice)
Peter Pacey ... Khafre / Guard (voice)
Ysanne Churchman ... Meritities / Boy Khafre (voice)


The pyramids of Giza are the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and a lasting testament to the values of Ancient Egypt about death and posterity. While David Macaulay guides us through the design and purpose of these grandiose structures, we follow the lives of a dynasty of Ancient Egypt as they built the grandest example even as they schemed amongst themselves for power. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A well-made documentary about life in ancient Egypt!
4 October 2012 | by ChicagostormSee all my reviews

I show this documentary every year to my world history classes at the high school I work at and my students find it both informative and entertaining. Based on the well written and illustrated works by David Macaulay, the film is part documentary and part animated story revealing not only how and why the Egyptian pyramids were built, but also about life in ancient Egypt and how the guiding philosophy called Ma'at had such an impact on how Egyptian society was governed and maintained by the pharaohs. I highly recommend it to any person interested in ancient Egyptian history or for teachers wanting to employ its use in the classroom. At only sixty minutes in length, it is perfect for teachers to show on overview of ancient Egypt without having the film take up too much of classroom time.

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