Representation and Reality in ‘The Mummy’ (1999)

Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Following on from my own thoughts on the most recent installment in the ‘Mummy’ genre, I’m pleased to welcome a guest blog from armchair Egyptologist and film fanatic Matt Szafran – hopefully the first in a series!

It’s easy to be annoyed when a subject you’re knowledgeable in is depicted inaccurately on screen. I know medical workers who get annoyed when a procedure is performed in a fatally incorrect manner, IT people who balk at the incessant use of the word ‘firewall’ and locksmiths who laugh at the way a highly trained secret agent uses lock picks the wrong way round. It sounds obvious but sometimes we forget the fact that films are simply entertainment for the masses and in our haste to condemn the inaccuracies we often overlook the more accurate details.

To that end let us consider the Stephen Sommers directed The Mummy (1999) film, and observe what the…

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Bringing Books To The Readers

Now here’s an idea I like 🙂

Travel Between The Pages

The public library in Brest, France has launched its first Bibliambule. This hammock-equipped, bookmobile scooter is designed to make reading fun this summer for the Brestois. Created by Z’Ambules of Paris, the clever scooters are already in use in by libraries in Lyon and Paris. Brest’s Bibliambule carries mainly children’s literature and Young Adult books, along with seven cozy reading hammocks.

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