1995. Mexico. Jorge Fons. 140 min.
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1995. Mexico. Directed by Jorge Fons. With Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Maria Rojo, Salma Hayek. Screenwriter Vicente Lenero expertly transplants the cramped Cairo alley of Mahfouz’s novel to contemporary Mexico City, where Abel—based on of Mahfouz’s character Abbas, who seeks his fortune with British soldiers during World War II—chases success by illegally working north of the U.S./Mexico border. Surprisingly little else required adjustment; the script ably covers the wide range of personalities found in the novel. One of the most popular Mexican films of all time, Midaq Alley uses terrific performances to draw a deeply sympathetic (if bleak) portrait of a marriage. Courtesy Alameda Films. In Spanish; English subtitles. 140 min.