1958. Egypt. Youssef Chahine. 75 min.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1958. Egypt. Directed by Youssef Chahine. Screenplay by Abdel Hay Adib. With Farid Shawqi, Chahine, Hind Rostom. Chahine, who died in July at the age of eighty-two, was a leading light of Arab cinema. Passionately committed to human rights and artistic freedom, Chahine was also an ingenious and delightful storyteller, moving effortlessly among disparate genres and styles, often within the same film. His subjects ranged from religious intolerance and the struggles of modernity to love in its many forms. To Save and Project remembers Chahine with a fiftieth anniversary presentation of one of his greatest films, Cairo Station, the tragicomic tale of a crippled newspaper vendor's obsessive love for a girl who sells lemonade in the central railway station. Critic Elliot Stein described the film as "an idiosyncratic mixture of Neorealist social commentary, grotesque horror, and lighthearted comedy." Courtesy Typecast Releasing. In Arabic; English subtitles. 75 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Sixth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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