September 26, 1997 |
The New York Film Festival is not the biggest, oldest or most prestigious event on the international festival calendar, but it is the most sanely organized, and for cinema buffs who can't do Cannes, Toronto and Berlin every year, it is reel-for-reel, pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar the best fest of them all.
February 22, 1991 |
Youssef Chahine's sprawling, impassioned autobiographical "Egyptian Trilogy" (Nuart) confirms once and for all its maker's status as a world-class writer-director whose work in America has heretofore been seen only at film festivals and archives despite garnering international prizes over the last four decades. A born screen storyteller, Chahine is a highly accessible, emotion-charged filmmaker given to bravura flourishes.
April 8, 2005 |
An Egyptian actor starring in a new Hollywood blockbuster set during the Crusades says it will enhance Western understanding of the Arab and Muslim world rather than underscore old stereotypes, as some had feared. Khaled El Nabawy expects "Kingdom of Heaven," which portrays a 12th-century Christian-Muslim battle for Jerusalem, to advance rather than harm dialogue and understanding between the faiths. "It's good timing.
October 10, 2003 |
Not long after 9/11, a French producer named Alain Brigand asked 11 very different directors from across the world to make short films about the catastrophe. Some of Brigand's choices were real head-scratchers: No matter how great Sean Penn can be as an actor, as a director he has too leaden a touch for a subject so heavily freighted.
March 31, 1997 |
The UCLA Film and Television Archive's rich and comprehensive 21-feature "CineArabic," opening Thursday and running through April 22 in Melnitz Hall's James Bridges Theater, is the archive's first such survey in seven years. Spanning nearly 60 years and seven countries, it opens with six outstanding films, commencing with Kamil Selim's 1939 "Determination," which screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will be followed be Salah Abou Seif's "The Beginning and the End" (1960).