I was visiting the Dixon Art Gallery in Memphis today and as part of an exhibit I watched one of the earliest silent movies ever made about Egypt. It's called 'Le Monstre' by Georges Méliès, one of the first film producers to develop the use of special effects. The film was made in 1903; more information is on the Ancient Egypt Film site and also here.  

Also today discovered that copies of Shadi Abdel Salam's two films al-Mumiya and The Eloquent Peasant are both on Youtube. All the versions I found have no subtitles, but I know that el-Mumiya exists with subtitles (AKA 'The Night of the Counting of the Years'). Sample URLs:

al-Mumiya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtTLgVk9_GU

Peasant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f-4YNfgzY8
 


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