The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »
Choubra, cosmopolitan neighborhood of Cairo. Hatem, maggoty police officer, handles this neighborhood with an iron hand. Every single citizen fears and hates him. Only Nour, a young woman ... See full summary »
Youssef El Sherif
The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious ... See full summary »
Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »
"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams, which up to Hollywood and constraints of his life in the middle class trying to be a new ... See full summary »
In the middle of his own heart surgery, an Egyptian filmmaker remembers his life. In fact his old self, as a child, is accused of attempted murder of his new self. Through the metaphoric ... See full summary »
A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited.
Ezzat El Alaili
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. ... See full summary »
Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ... See full summary »
Mohamed Abdel Gawad,
Tewfik El Dekn
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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