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Actors: Ahmed Zaki, Farid Shawqi, Naglaa Fathy, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Ezzat El Alaili
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
NR     2000     2hr 13min

Set in the Egypt during and after World War II, Youssef Chahine's autobiographical drama of his youth in Cairo is a bright, bustling mosaic of a country embroiled in conflict and struggling with its identity. Centered on t...  more »


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Actors: Ahmed Zaki, Farid Shawqi, Naglaa Fathy, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Ezzat El Alaili
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Military & War
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1975
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 13min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Arabic, English

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Movie Reviews

Alexandria... Why?
M. Eldaly | 06/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well actually the correct English translation should be "Why Alexandria.." This film depicts a time when the world seemed to pivot on one point , one place Alexandria, just prior to Rommell's last stand at Alamein. You could argue as Chahine the director has that our lives now are spin offs of that moment.He certainly was ,and I certainly am. I have a personal attachment to this film being one the extras in a scene at Victoria College. (I was a student there during filming.) The characters are real, Chahine's family,acquaintances and the diaspora from Alexandria that are now all over the world. He captures in this film the passive cynicism of the Egyptian who is watching history roll along, who is faced with a new life elswhere; with his final departure to America. This symbolizes a departure to the future , to a new way of living, different from the struggles of thousands of years of battles. A non violent existence eminating from a climactic battle in the empty desert. He also shows the all encompassing effect of Hollywood on world culture that still lives with us now, I respect Chahine for his passive cynicism of himself above all."
Better understanding to chahine , a new look to the world
looost | cairo Egypt | 06/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this movie really affects the way i watched later movies for chahine ,being his best autobiographical film ; it makes u feel this unique director more in his moments of glourious success and pitiful failures ,and u will really get surprised when u know that this 1979 film , got best solutions for many of the area political problems ,predicting the future is most of the time a gift that chahine give to you during his movie . May be it is chahine's most heart touching movie"
Michael Anthony Brenton | The Other Side of the Known Universe | 10/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Alexandria...Why?" is the first film in Egyptian director YOUSSEF CHANINE's exquisite ALEXANDRIA trilogy. This is a drama about a BANK CLERK who dreams of coming to AMERICAN to find fame and fortune. But as Rommel's army approachs at the height of World War II, the young man struggles with issues of NATIONAL IDENTITY as well as of PERSONAL FREEDOM! This autobiographical film was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival! You two will be impressed by Chahine's intensely personal filmmaking! Once you have seen this film be sure to check out the rest of the TRILOGY with "An Egyptian Story" and "Alexandria Again and Forever"!"
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hannicanibal | 05/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"eskinderia leeh? is simply one of the best, well made movies of all time, the movie shows different form of loves and how they all got stuck because of one thign, WW2. the movie also shows the life in the mother of the world, egypt....and how magical alexandria is....the movie is very well made with egypt's all star cast...a must c movie