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The Prince of Egypt

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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
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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