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The Mummy (1969)

Al-mummia (original title)
| Drama | 1969 (Egypt)
An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director:

Chadi Abdel Salam
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ahmed Marei Ahmed Marei ... Wannis
Ahmad Hegazi Ahmad Hegazi ... Brother
Nadia Lutfi ... Zeena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohamed Abdel Rahman Mohamed Abdel Rahman ... Third cousin
Abdelazim Abdelhack Abdelazim Abdelhack ... Uncle
Abdelmonen Aboulfoutouh Abdelmonen Aboulfoutouh ... Uncle
Ahmad Anan Ahmad Anan ... Badawi
Shafik Nour El Din Shafik Nour El Din ... Ayoub (as Shafik Noureddin)
Zouzou Hamdi El Hakim Zouzou Hamdi El Hakim
Helmi Halali Helmi Halali ... Second cousin
Gaby Karraz Gaby Karraz ... Maspero
Mohamed Khairi Mohamed Khairi ... Kamal
Ahmad Khalil Ahmad Khalil
Antic Melkior Antic Melkior ... Jacques Larson
Mohamed Morshed Mohamed Morshed ... Stranger
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Universally recognized as one of the greatest Egyptian films ever made, The Night of Counting the Years is based on a true story: in 1881, when precious artifacts began showing up at market, it was discovered that members of the ancient Horbat tribe were secretly raiding Deir al-Bahari, the site of a legendary cache of royal mummies. The tribe had little livelihood other than selling antiquities, putting them in conflict with the Egyptian government's Antiquities Organization. After reading the script, Roberto Rossellini agreed to lend his name to the project, and Shadi Abdel Salam's film was completed in 1969. This cinematic treat was extremely difficult to see from the 1970s onward until last year's beautiful restoration by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation. Using original 35mm camera and sound negatives preserved at the Egyptian Film Center in Giza, the restoration preserves the film's poetic beauty, its evocative sense of history, and its themes of desecration and ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Egypt

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

1969 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night of Counting the Years See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Its slow pace, unusual camera angles and striking colours give the film a dreamlike quality, reinforced by Mario Nascimbene's eerie music. See more »

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Stylized portrayal of moral struggle
24 January 2000 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

A very un-sentimental view of serious moral struggle. The silent messages of the ancients seems to speak as eloquently as the poetically formal language of the tribal elders. Not for everyone, to be sure, but a tour-de-force of fusing visual imagery with a message of deep principles.


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