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.
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July 28, 2008 |
Youssef Chahine, an Egyptian filmmaker whose work over nearly five decades made him a renowned figure in Arab cinema, died Sunday at Al Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo. He was 82. Chahine fell into a coma last month after suffering a brain hemorrhage and was flown to France in critical condition for treatment. According to Egypt's official news agency, MENA, he was returned to Cairo for further treatment.
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).