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FILM SCREENINGS

<i>The Mummy</i>. 1973. Egypt. Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam
  • The Mummy/Night of Counting the Years

    1973. Egypt. Shadi Abdel Salam. 110 min.

  • The Eloquent Peasant

    1970. Egypt. Shadi Abdel-Salam. 17 min.

Introduced by Kent Jones, Executive Director, World Cinema Foundation

Friday, November 5, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • The Mummy/Night of Counting the Years

    1973. Egypt. Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam. This most famous of all Egyptian auteurist films is often credited with helping to define the origins of Egyptian national identity. The story revolves around a legendary cache of royal mummies that was unearthed at Deir Al-Bahari in 1881, and the ancient tribe accused of plundering the tomb. The exteriors, filmed exclusively at dawn and dusk, lend the film an eerie, evocative quality. The beautifully calibrated ritualistic atmosphere is greatly enhanced by a recent restoration of the print by the World Cinema Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna. In Arabic; English subtitles. 110 min.

  • The Eloquent Peasant

    1970. Egypt. Written and directed by Shadi Abdel-Salam. With Ahmed Enan, Ahmed Higazi, Ahmed Marei. Based on one of the major literary texts from the classical period of the Pharaonic era (between 2160 and 2025 BC), The Eloquent Peasant is a folk tale told in verse. Restored in 2010 by the World Cinema Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna In Arabic; English subtitles. 17 min.