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Iskanderija... lih? (1979)

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 new ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sarah
... Ibrahim (as Ahmed Zaky)
... Mohsen's Father (as Farid Chawky)
... Qadry (as Mahmoud El Meligui)
... Shaker (as Ezzat El Alayli)
Yehia Chahine
Mohsena Tewfik ... (as Mohsena Tawfik)
Akela Kateb
Zeinab Sedky
... (as Seif El Din)
Ahmad Abdel Waress
Abdulaziz Makhyoon ... (as Abdel Aziz Makhyoun)
... Thomas 'Tommy' Friskin
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"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 to be or not to be . 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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Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. See more »

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Sloppy, but often quite good
31 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

A dense, difficult, and, unfortunately, sloppy film from Egypt. It deals with a group of characters in Alexandria during (and shortly after) WWII, and is kind of a portrait of an artist type of story. The main character is a teenager, Yehia, an aspiring actor and filmmaker who knows that Alexandria will stifle his creativity if he doesn't get out. He strives to go to England or America. Then there are half a dozen other plotlines running concurrently. All of them are interesting, including a terrorist plot to kidnap Churchill and turn him over to the Nazis when they arrive in the city, a wealthy family that decides to move to Palestine and finds that the land is being occupied by the Jews, and a man who abducts British soldiers and kills them as an act of patriotism, that is until he befriends a particularly innocent-looking one. The movie jumps around breathlessly, and it's almost impossible to follow it completely. Still, there are so many moments of grace and beauty, so many good performances, that I did end up approving of it, if just a little. 7/10.


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