Alexandria Why? [eskanderia leh?] (1979) - (dir: Youssef Chahine) Egyptian poster F, NM $195 *
Size: 28" x 39"
Condition: Folded, Near Mint
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This film is included in Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of Egypt's 100
most important films. In 1979 it won the Silver Bear Award at the
Berlin International Film Festival and was also nominated for the
Golden Berlin Bear. Also in 1979 it was nominated at the Chicago
International Film Festival for the Gold Hugo Award for best feature.
Plot Summary: The film is an historic and autobiographical tale
interpreting the life of director Youssef Chahine, World War II in
North Africa and several other interwoven story lines. It is set in
1942 as British and Arab forces are fighting the German army advancing
towards Alexandria. In Alexandria, the boy Yehia (the young Chahine)
dreams of Hollywood musicals, Shakespeare and studying acting in the
USA. A beautiful Jewish socialite [Naglaa Fathy] is caught between
the urge to flee the advancing Germans with her father and remaining
in Alexandria with her Egyptian lover, [Ahmed Zaki] who is secretly
collaborating with the Germans. An Egyptian aristocrat is murdering
occupying British soldiers one by one, but then becomes attached to a
young British soldier.
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