"It is not really possible to tell everything that happens in this shot. It is not the whole image of Land of the Pharaohs, but all the film is contained in it. The pressure of Time and Death expressed in the shot and in the film explodes in our faces. It is like an open wound that keeps tearing wide, a wound that was already there from the start, that won’t be healing anytime soon. Like scars that remain on the surface of the skin, as carvings on a stone."
Pedro Costa's only piece of written film criticism, The Mystery of the Great Pyramid, on Land of the Pharaohs, at Film Comment.