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Tanit, a sheltered young woman living in ancient Thebes, is prevented by Benakon, the High Priest, from eloping with Tumos, a sculptor. Benakon then divulges that he is Tanit's father and that he intends that she fulfill her destiny by marrying Amenophis IV, the mentally disturbed son of the pharaoh and heir to the throne. Tumos is sentenced to death by the High Priest, but he escapes, intending to seek the aid of Amenophis, who is his friend. In time Amenophis ascends to the throne, and Tanit has her name changed to "Nefertiti" during a purification ceremony; meanwhile, Tumos finds some solace with Merith, a gypsy girl who loves him. Tumos is imprisoned once again by Benakon, and the High Priest threatens to kill him unless Nefertiti consents to marry Amenophis. He escapes a second time but later returns to Thebes, commissioned to do a bust of the new queen. During the sculpture session Nefertiti admits to Tumos that she still loves him, but she is unwilling to abandon her husband, who is becoming increasingly deranged. Benakon exploits Amenophis' condition by killing his close friend, the Priest of Ato, and besieging the palace. After Amenophis commits suicide, Nefertiti takes command, while Tumos and the army combine to save the kingdom; the queen is saved, and Benakon is killed by Merith.
Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni
Mario Del Mezzo
Opened in Rome in June 1962 as Nefertite, regina del Nilo; running time: 106 min.