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Al-mummia (1969)

| 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.

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Credited cast:
Ahmed Marei ...
Wannis
Ahmad Hegazi ...
Brother
Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim ...
Mother (as Zouzou El-Hakim)
...
Zeena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohamed Abdel Rahman ...
Third cousin
Abdelazim Abdelhack ...
Uncle
Abdelmonen Aboulfoutouh ...
Uncle
Ahmad Anan ...
Badawi
Shafik Nour El Din ...
Ayoub (as Shafik Noureddin)
Helmi Halali ...
Second cousin
Gaby Karraz ...
Maspero
Mohamed Khairi ...
Kamal
Ahmed Khalil ...
First cousin
Mohamed Morshed ...
Stranger
Mohamed Nabih ...
Murad
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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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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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Beautiful and evocative
4 August 2005 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

I loved this film, and am trying to obtain a copy, either video or DVD. I had taped it off the TV many years ago, but unfortunately the video tape deteriorated beyond hope of repair, and I don't remember which channel I taped it from... Can anyone help me to get a copy?? I have recently been to Egypt and fell in love with the whole thing, am returning there next year, and would so need to revisit this movie. As a movie, it is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and very well directed, using the amazing light of that country to best effect. The fact that it was produced by Roberto Rossellini is also quite an accolade! Please will some other Egyptophile, who knows anything about the whereabouts of this lovely film, please respond, and make me very happy?


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