Alexandria...Why? Movie Review 1978

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Schoolboy (director Chahine uses his adolescent recollections) tries to ignore the war in Alexandria in 1942 by escaping into the movies and his dreams of becoming a star. He also witnesses two love affairs--one between a Muslim man and a Jewish woman and the second betweeen an Arab nationalist and an English soldier. Part 1 of Chahine's Alexandria trilogy, followed by "An Egyptian Story" and "Alexandria Again and Forever." Arabic with subtitles.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 133 minutes.
Originally from Egyptian.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, World War II
Youssef Chahine
Gerry Sundquist, Naglaa Fathi, Farid Shawki, Mohsen Mohiedine
Mohsen Nasr
Youssef Chahine
Foad El Zaheri

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