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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
Mohamed Morshed Mohamed Morshed ... Stranger
Mohamed Nabih 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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Country:

Egypt | India

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

1969 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night of Counting the Years See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 43rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. See more »

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Featured in The Face of Tutankhamun (1992) See more »

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One of the most memorable films about Egypt ever made
22 January 1999 | by Bill-258See all my reviews

This film on one level is about the discovery of a cache of royal mummies, rediscovered by a local grave robbing family on the west bank at Luxor in Egypt. On another level it is about the guilt felt by one member of that family for the exploitation of the heritage of the country made by that discovery. This is truly a beautiful film in which full use has been made of the locales and local color, beautifully directed and acted and entirely convincing as an examination of family conflict in a 19th century Egyptian setting. It did not have a large American audience at the time of its release, probably because it is in Arabic with subtitles.


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