In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a ... See full summary »

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Justine
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Narouz
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Melissa
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Pombal
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Darley
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Nessim
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Cohen
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Toto
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British Ambassador David Mountolive
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Liza
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Memlik Pasha
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French Consul General
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Mnemjian
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Colonel Maskelyne
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In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a Coptic banker. He observes the affairs of her heart and incidentally discovers that she is involved in a plot against the British, meant to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine. The plot finally fails, Justine is sent to jail and Darley decides to return to England. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Joseph Strick worked for several weeks on this film on location in Tunis (with Anouk Aimee, not Glenda Jackson). His plan was to films as much of it as possible on location. He had quarrels with the management of Twentieth Century Fox and was disliked by some of his actors - Anna Karina claimed that he had actually fallen asleep whilst directing her. When he was replaced by George Cukor, a big decision was taken to recreate the Alexandria of the 1930s in the Hollywood studios and to do the rest of the movie there. A few bits and pieces of Strick's location work were retained, but most of his work was re-shot by Cukor, who accepted the extant cast. The film ended up being enormously costly and was a box-office flop. See more »

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Pursewarden: [to Justine] When the hell are you going to stop being an old sin-cushion - into which we all have to thrust our rusty pins!
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Atmospheric version of Durrell's literary classic.
4 October 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A condensed version of Lawrence Durrell's brilliant literary classic Alexandria Quartet, Justine is about the sophisticated game of international intrigue and espionage in Alexandria, Egypt (at the time the Switzerland of Africa and the Middle East) between the first and second world war. Subtle character portraits from a range of British and European actors at the top of their game draws the viewer into a fascinating foreshadowing of the political events to come.


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