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The Prince of Egypt

The film Prince of Egypt did a wonderful job at filling in the details of Moses' life. While many scenes were added to the biblical narrative, the film's poetic license needed to create some of the interaction between Joseph and his older brother Ramses in order for the characters to find flesh and blood on the silver screen. Even in animated form, the additional scenes helped the viewer understand that these characters were not just flannel graph images which played out a predetermined and stoic destiny. One of these scenes depicts Joseph and Ramses racing through the city streets on their chariots. The competition between the older and younger brothers gave character depth and dimension to the film. Ramses, as the oldest, would have been more ridged, focused on pleasing his father and ultimately replacing pharaoh with all the force and responsibility that his task would require of him. Joseph, on the other hand, could afford to play, and prod his older brother into crossing the lines of "appropriate behavior" for a future pharaoh. The dynamics of their relationship helped form the power of the conflict when Moses returned to lead his people out of Egypt. How would have Moses felt, facing his brother whom he had not seen in 40 years. How would the one who had left in disgrace be able to stand before his brother and insist that Ramses let the strength of Egypt leave under the guidance of Moses staff' The file adds the scene between two of them sitting in the darkened colonnades of the palace. Moses an Ramses talk about their adolescent pranks against the temple priests, and how they loved to, as most adolescent men, play pranks, goad each other into stepping over the lines, and then how they supported the other when circumstances did not fall in their favor. Just as the Cecil B D'Mille film "The Ten Commandments" added the love rivalry between Moses and Ramses for Nefretieri, Princ...

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