Agatha Christie


Death on Nile

“Death on the Nile” – ” Mort Sur Nil, 3ème “
1978 first film adaptation by the British John Guillermin Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot
2006: second adaptation by Andy Wilson with David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
2019-2020: 3rd ongoing adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel by Fox and Kenneth Branagh

Certainly, I don’t need to introduce this Dame to anyone. She was and has ever been a Genius in writing such as murder mystery novels and she will always remain the master.

Agatha Christie

I have not read any book of her but seen almost all the “made of” movies. Of course, I must say that it’s not only Hercule Poirot which had fascinated me, but there’s also Miss Marple too an amazing character.

it’s always fascinating to see how ingeniously and powerfully she creates the moments of the crimes and how variable are the mysteries. Brilliant!

Now in this article by my dear friend and an Egyptologist; Marie Grillot I find out that there is another version of Death on The Nile has been made by Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

I knew he had made a third version of the novel; Orient Express and I’ve seen this and also both older ones, but never heard of the third one on Death on The Nile!

Anyway, it’s nice to read this article (have translated from French) and see the old famous great actors again. Have a wonderful weekend. ❤ ❤


Mort sur Nil, 3ème ! (Death on Nile, 3rd!)

While Thomas Cook, initiator of the cruises on the Nile, is shipwrecked, “Death on the Nile” resurfaced! Indeed, after the success of the movie “The Crime of the Orient Express” released in 2017, the Fox – and Kenneth Branagh – decided to adapt the 3rd version of “Death on the Nile”.This novel by Agatha Christie was published on November 1, 1937, in the United Kingdom, the following year in the United States, then in France in 1945.

“Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
The Agatha Christie novel published on 1 November 1937 in the UK,
in 1938 in the USA, in 1945 in France

For her writing, the novelist relied in part on her personal memories. When she is 17-18 years old, she goes to Egypt for the first time with her mother, she cruises in an environment that we imagine easy and luxurious. With her first and second husband, she will return for other stays. In 1923, she was in Luxor while the tomb of Tutankhamun had just been discovered, it would seem that she later met Howard Carter (in 1931 in Luxor).

Novelist Agatha Christie during a trip to Egypt

Flawless costumes, immaculate shirts, starched bow ties, moustache perfectly smoothed and a hairstyle that can only be said, he is steadfastly obsessed by his appearance … A bit precious, politeness “old France” grazing obsequiousness, his eyes sparkle with intelligence. He believes in him even in his doubts … One can not deny that his grey cells function perfectly, that he is a fine psychologist and, it must be said, without much confidence in the human nature of some … If the attention that it brings to small details is sometimes infuriating, the resolution of the enigma proves that they were in no way insignificant, that they participated indeed to weave the plot which he tried to “unravel”. He excelled often but was never better than in the final theatrical as dramatic happening, where, surrounded by all the witnesses and protagonists, he pronounced the final sentence, the outcome of the affair, finally announcing the name of – or – guilty (s)

… If “Death on the Nile” begins in a magnificent mansion nestled in the heart of the English countryside, it is in Egypt and mainly during a cruise on the “Karnak”, a luxurious steamship, that will take place history.

In the Agatha Christie novel “Mort Sur le Nil” – “Death on the Nile”, the boat named “Karnak”
Two boats have “endorsed” this role:
In 1978 in the 1 st film adaptation of John Guillermin,
this name is given to the “Memnon”, built in 1904 by Thomas Cook
In 2006, in the second film adaptation of Andy Wilson
this name is given to the steam ship “Sudan” built by Thomas Cook in 1915-1921
it is now owned by Voyageurs du Monde and sailing on the Nile

Jacqueline de Bellefort, charming but ruined, commits the irreparable mistake of presenting her “beautiful lover” to her billionaire childhood friend … who will not fail to seduce him …The spurned fiancee continues on the banks of the Nile, the couple now formed by the wealthy Linnet Ridgeway – his ex-best friend – and Simon Doyle – his ex-boyfriend – “rotting” their honeymoon …The boat quickly becomes “the” place where everything will be played, a microcosm bringing together noble ruined, a novelist on the bottle, rich kleptomaniac, the doctor failed or corrupt lawyer, arrived unscrupulous, unconditional and idealistic love, … Each having a ” good reason to blame Linnet …

“Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
1978 first film adaptation by the British John Guillermin
The Colonel Race (David Niven) left, and Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) right

All this “beautiful” world evolves under the watchful eyes of Poirot and his elegant English friend Colonel Race. Over the Nile, they will be led to see several crimes, the series being “inaugurated” by that of the rich heiress …It is at the end of the cruise, in Ouadi Halfa, that the “little grey cells” of the famous Belgian detective will end this story, more turbid than the waters of the Nile.Agatha Christie will adapt it to the theatre in 1944.

“Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
1978: 1st   movie adaptation   by British John Guillermin Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot

Then it will be worn for the first time on the screen, in 1978, by the British John Guillermin, with a cast of dreams: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, David Niven, Maggie Smith, and second roles totally up to the task …

“Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
1978 first film adaptation by the British John Guillermin Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot

Peter Ustinov is excellent in Hercule Poirot, with his flawless white suits, his collared shirts, his debonair look sometimes denied by a piercing look …The extreme staging and the performance of the actors bring suspense to its climax …How to forget this sequence shot in Karnak? As Linnet’s and Simon’s couple walk through the hypostyle hall, a block falls from one of the columns throwing them to the floor. The actors seem to emerge, magically, from behind each column to discover the drama … all seeming stupefied … that while the leader is necessarily among them!

Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
1978 1 st film adaptation by the British John Guillermin Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot

Most of the film is on the “Karnak” – it is actually the “Memnon”, built by Thomas Cook in 1904 – whose comfortable atmosphere will quickly become oppressive.
The second adaptation of “Death on the Nile” takes place in 2006: Andy Wilson directs David Suchet in the role of Hercule Poirot, the excellent James Fox wearing the uniform of Colonel Race.

“Death on the Nile” – “Mort Sur le Nil”
2006: second film adaptation by Andy Wilson with David Suchet as Hercule Poirot

Emma Griffiths is Jacqueline de Bellefort, J.J. Feild Simon Doyle, while Emily Blunt is Linnet Doyle.

The film is then shot on the luxurious steamship Sudan – “survivor” of the Thomas Cook fleet – which belongs today to Voyageurs du Monde.

For the third adaptation, that of the Twentieth Century Fox, according to articles published, Kenneth Branagh will camp “the inevitable Hercule Poirot and will be accompanied by Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Emma Mackey Dawn French, Leslie Rose, Jennifer Saunders and Russell Brand “.

The film will be shot at the Longcross Studios in Surrey West London, and on the spot in Egypt … Of course, we are eager to learn more …The release of the film is scheduled in France, from October 7, 2020. Marie Grillot

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