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May 18, 2004 | Tom Perry, Reuters
An Egyptian film director whose work has attacked Islamist intolerance at home has turned his camera on the United States, where he sees political fanaticism and media bias fueling hatred of Arabs. In his latest film, "Alexandria New York," Youssef Chahine deals with the clash between his love for America, where he once studied, and his anger at what he views as Washington's unswerving support for Israel at the Arabs' expense. "I am very angry, but not at the American people.
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May 18, 2004 | Tom Perry, Reuters
An Egyptian film director whose work has attacked Islamist intolerance at home has turned his camera on the United States, where he sees political fanaticism and media bias fueling hatred of Arabs. In his latest film, "Alexandria New York," Youssef Chahine deals with the clash between his love for America, where he once studied, and his anger at what he views as Washington's unswerving support for Israel at the Arabs' expense. "I am very angry, but not at the American people.
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October 21, 1999 | LLOYD CHESLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ever since John Travolta and Johnny Depp presented director Youssef Chahine with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, tributes to the Egyptian filmmaker's work have taken place almost continuously, at sites ranging from the New York Film Festival to the Art Institute of Chicago to the Vancouver International Film Festival. On Thursday, the UCLA Film and Television Archive launches the latest retrospective, a five-day, nine-film series honoring the 73-year-old director.
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October 21, 1999 | LLOYD CHESLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ever since John Travolta and Johnny Depp presented director Youssef Chahine with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, tributes to the Egyptian filmmaker's work have taken place almost continuously, at sites ranging from the New York Film Festival to the Art Institute of Chicago to the Vancouver International Film Festival. On Thursday, the UCLA Film and Television Archive launches the latest retrospective, a five-day, nine-film series honoring the 73-year-old director.
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September 26, 1997 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
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.
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February 22, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 8, 2005 | Tom Perry, Reuters
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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October 10, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
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.
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May 3, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES 'Tonight Show' Bound?: Actor Eddie Murphy was stopped by police in West Hollywood early Friday morning after allegedly picking up a known transsexual prostitute at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. However, Murphy, who was driving his Toyota Land Cruiser, "was apparently not involved in any criminal activity and was not detained," police said. The passenger, Atisone Seiuli, 20, was taken into custody on a warrant for prostitution.
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March 31, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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).
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July 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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