The Night of Counting the Years (1969)

The Night of Counting the Years





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When government official in Egypt discover mummies being sold on the open market in Cairo, an investigation is launched. A tribe living in the mountains has passed down information for millennia about the hidden treasures in the Valley of the Kings. The tribal chieftain dies and his two sons are taken to a secret tomb containing entire family dynasties of mummies and artifacts. One son who feels the plunder is sacrilegious is murdered, leading his younger brother to pinpoint the location of the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Chadi Abdel Salam
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Critic Reviews for The Night of Counting the Years

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Time Out
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Every conversation is layered in levels of status and respect and power, even when the youth rebels against the traditions of the elders ...

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
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Full Review… | June 14, 2011
House Next Door

Audience Reviews for The Night of Counting the Years

Oppressively somber, but absolutely gorgeous, with some important things to say about collective identity and loyalty. Steeped in just the right amount of intrigue, crime and death, Al-Mummia can be difficult to follow, and its complete lack of warmth probably won't be landing it on any favorites lists any time soon. I thought it was a fascinating, original sociological piece, though; it has a relationship with the tomb-robber tribe that is both intimate and distant, critical and nonjudgmental, at the same time. Combined with cinematography and mise-en-scene that is almost too lush to believe, and you have a really significant piece of Egyptian cinema. Martin Scorsese picked a great film to restore.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

Absolutely brilliant movie - beautifully shot, fantasticly subtle acting. Very reminiscent of Yellow Earth.

Dave Fischer

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