Egyptian film director Yehia encounters his first love Ginger as he was being celebrated in New York. Back then they were 19 years old. The American Dream was the thing of the 20th century. Yehia, the boy from Alexandria, and Ginger, the American gal, were students at Pasadena Playhouse.40 years later, they are back together but the world has changed and the American Dream is no longer what it used to be. Yehia finds out that he had begotten an American child, a boy. Through a boisterous epic in which heroes love, sing, dance, laugh and cry, Youssef Chahine reconsiders his past and his ambiguous relationship to America which he loved so much. Written by
thats the last words of the film, a song that reflects the feeling of Chahine towards the America today, which became so different from the America he fell in love with 50 years ago. A strong film, with a strong story. THis is the 4th chapter of the auto-biography films of Youssef Chahine, more fictional than the others. The movie targets Chahine's emotion towards America, and how America today has more of a violence attitude towards others rather than back then. America the country that represents democracy, has a media that makes its people feel that Arabs are people who are illiterate, and live in tents, and ride camels. The idea of 2 parallel stories told, the story of the father who came to California as a young man to become an actor, and when he came to America 50 years later to find out he had a son he never knew about, and how he has to cope with the fact the son denies him and refuses him because he is an Arab. Chahine blames America for that, talking to his son about the difference between him and his mother, like the different between the beautiful musical films of Fred Astaire and the gritty violent action films of today. Chahine has so much love for America, he presents it in a sad form that it is dying slowly in him because of how America today doesn't follow the democracy it claims, that it supports countries like Israel with weapons that kill innocent civilians. This is a beautiful film, cinematogrpahy is brilliant with great lighting, the acting was superb (thumbs up to MAHMOUD HEMEDA) and of course great directing by the great Youssef Chahine. this film presents drama, history, music, and romance, its a movie for everyone and its an eye opener of how the east and west need to use time to know each other more.
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