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Classic Egyptian Movies

101 Must-See Films


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Classic Egyptian Movies by Sameh Fathy
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A prolific film industry has flourished on the banks of the Nile since the earliest days of cinema, producing movies that have been hugely popular and immensely influential not only in Egypt but across the Arab world. Concentrating on productions written and produced entirely in Egypt, Sameh Fathy-a film critic with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Egyptian cinema-here selects the 101 most important movies to come out of Cairo's famous studios over the last eighty years. From classic comedies like Salam Is Fine to social dramas like The Second Wife, and from literary adaptations like Call of the Curlew to masterpieces of the cinematic art like The Night of Counting the Years, the author introduces us to each film's writers, producers, directors, and stars, and explains the movie's particular historical, cultural, or artistic significance. Illustrated throughout with posters and stills from all the movies covered.

Author Biography

Sameh Fathy is an Egyptian film critic and the author of several books in Arabic on cinema both Egyptian and worldwide. Sarah Enany, with a PhD in drama, is an assistant professor in the English Department of Cairo University. Her translation credits include the acclaimed Arabic version of Les Miserables and Kamal Ruhayyim's Days in the Diaspora (AUC Press, 2012) and Menorahs and Minarets (AUC Press, 2017).
Release date NZ
October 30th, 2018
Translated by Sarah Enany
220 illustrations
Country of Publication
The American University in Cairo Press
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