Perfectly silly, and perfectly watchable. Large debt to Shakespeare. Claudette Colbert scantily clad. Extravagant tableaux, ostensibly Egyptian, for the purposes of inebriation, seduction, and political manoeuvre. Cecil B. himself in a rather magnificent trailer, identifying what starts with human desire and rises to immortality; although as a writer and bibliophile I worried that he’d rip the pages of the book he kept riffling through.