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Alexandria... Why? (1979)

Iskanderija... lih? (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 February 1980 (France)
"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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Youssef Chahine
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naglaa Fathi ... Sarah
Ahmed Zaki ... Ibrahim (as Ahmed Zaky)
Farid Shawqi ... Mohsen's Father (as Farid Chawky)
Mahmoud Al Meleji ... Qadri
Ezzat El Alaili ... Shaker (as Ezzat El Alayli)
Yusuf Wahbi
Yehia Chahine Yehia Chahine
Layla Fawzi ... (as Leila Fawzi)
Akela Kateb Akela Kateb
Zeinat Sedky Zeinat Sedky ... (as Zeinab Sedky)
Seif Abdelrahman ... (as Seif El Din)
Ahmed Abdel Wareth Ahmed Abdel Wareth
Abdulaziz Makhyoon Abdulaziz Makhyoon ... (as Abdel Aziz Makhyoun)
Gerry Sundquist ... Thomas 'Tommy' Friskin
Ahmed Mehrez Ahmed Mehrez
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Storyline

"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 Hamlet with his uprising dreams wondering where all new meaning to life amid the horrors of war and life pain. Written by Ahmed Nasr

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Every Jew now belongs to a country different from that of his birth.
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Connections

Followed by An Egyptian Story (1982) See more »

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Weird, touching film
19 November 2002 | by davidmccollumSee all my reviews

This movie reminded me of many things...a Felliniesque fantasy, and a war drama and a movie about the love of movies . The characters are likeable and the movie is fun to watch. It's defently a film for movie buffs.


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Country:

Egypt | Algeria

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

27 February 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskandereiya... leh? See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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