I’ve been on an ancient history kick lately, which then segued into reading about Tutankhamun (2016) (currently available on Amazon Prime as The Mummy of Tutankhamun), an ITV miniseries about archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Overall, it’s an entertaining look at one of the most important archaeological discoveries EVER… even if it does turn the whole thing into a love story.
Max Irons stars as Carter, while Sam Neill is Lord Carnarvon, who funded Carter’s digs. Carter is the misunderstood, lone-wolf archaeologist who is dying to get his hands on the Valley of the Kings, even though everyone else has determined it has been tapped out for any new discoveries. World War I interrupts things, but they get back on track afterwards. Carter has a dalliance with a fictional American museum curator, but then is waylaid into a (fictional) affair with Carnarvon’s real life daughter, Lady Evelyn. The tomb is discovered, with little thanks to the many Egyptians who worked with Carter; the world is fascinated, but Carter only has eyes for Evelyn … making ME roll MY eyes, thinking of how thrilled the real life Carter would have been to have his work turned into a love story.
The costumes were designed by Diana Cilliers (Crusoe, Women in Love, The Red Tent, Roots, Troy: Fall of a City, Knightfall), and overall I give them a solid B. The men wear a lot of linen and cotton suits and work wear, but occasionally get dressed up in black tie:
The women’s wear showed a good understanding of the differences between pre-World War I and post-war fashion, with one notable exception:
What do you think of Tutankhamun‘s costumes and story?