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The Tell Halaf Adventure
Thu 19 May 2011, 6:30 p.m.
film programm for adults
Guided tour (in German) through 'The Tell Halaf Adventure' + film screening
The egyptian musician Hanan EL-Shemouty will accompany the silent film on Arab instruments.
[The film screening can also be attended without a tour through the exhibition, start: 7.30 p.m., costs film only: 5 Euro]
After sneaking herself in, the English lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres) becomes the curious spectator to a wedding bazaar, where she makes Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassen's acquaintance (Rudolph Valentino). Later, during an excursion in the desert, he captures her and takes her to his camp. A friend of the Sheik, Raoul de St. Hubert (Adolphe Menjou), pays him a visit and admonishes the sheik for his conduct. The sheik confesses his love for Diana, which leads to Raoul managing to convince him to set her free...
The literary figure of the well-to-do European woman who dares to venture forth into Arabia on her own was actually drawn from several real-life figures. It was predominantly women from Great Britain who started to explore the Middle East for themselves in the 19th century. Viewed together, they form a very motley group, ranging from snobbishly sophisticated upholders of the establishment to outlandish adventurers. Two particularly colourful characters among these were Lady Esther Stanhope (1776-1839) and Lady Jane Digby (1807-1881). Both turned their back on their mother country and led an eccentric existence in Syria and Lebanon. Max von Oppenheim pays tribute to and is clearly filled with admiration for the courage and resolve of these two ladies in his unpublished memoirs, in which he posits himself in the tradition of the great explorers of the Near and Middle East.
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More films on the big screen
Durchs wilde Kurdistan (Germany/Spain 1965): 24.3. | 30.6.
Murder in Mesopotamia (GB 2001): 28.4. | 4.8.
Meeting point: Foyer / Information
Costs: Eintritt + Führung durch die Sonderausstellung + Filmvorführung: 15 Euro, ermäßigt 9 Euro // admission + tour through the exhibition + film screening: 15 Euro, concessions 9 Euro