Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

San Antonio Museum of Art Screening Original The Mummy in Support of Egyption Exhibition 

click to enlarge UNIVERSAL PICTURES
  • Universal Pictures
The Mummy has been revived from the cinema graveyard many times over the decades, adding color and gore and CGI, but it all started with Boris Karloff and this tale of doomed love.

After Karloff became a star in Frankenstein and the studio had an equally big hit with Dracula, Universal tried to scare up another monster inspired by the 1920s discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its supposed curse. The result is this shivery 1932 tragedy of Imhotep, mummified alive as punishment for loving above his station. After being magically revived, he disguises himself as a modern Egyptian and decides that a certain beautiful woman is the reincarnation of his lost love. Trouble follows.



The big attraction, after Karloff’s initial mummy wrap-up, is the beautiful atmosphere of black-and-white melancholy conjured by photographer Charles Stumar and director Karl Freund, himself the photographer of Dracula and a master of baroque and otherworldly visuals. It seems odd that he ended up on I Love Lucy, a very different kind of classic. In conjunction with the exhibition “Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion,” the San Antonio Museum of Art screens the film in its West Courtyard complete with a gallery talk, food-truck fare and a cash bar.

Free, Fri May 18, gallery talk at 7pm, film at sundown, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.

Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our Events Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation