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The Emigrant
The Emigrant
Actors: Ahmed Bedir, Safia El Emari, Mahmoud Hemida, Yousef Ismail, Khaled Nabawy
Director: Youssef Chahine
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
NR     2004     2hr 9min

Filled with beautiful location shots of Egyptian ruins and lush re-enactments of decadent cult rituals, Youssef Chahine's The Emigrant is a fascinating retelling of the biblical tale of Joseph, told from an Egyptian perspe...  more »

     
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Actors: Ahmed Bedir, Safia El Emari, Mahmoud Hemida, Yousef Ismail, Khaled Nabawy
Director: Youssef Chahine
Creators: Ramses Marzouk, Youssef Chahine, Rashida Abdel Salam, Gabriel Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Rafiq As-Sabban
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Religion, Religion & Spirituality
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Arabic, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Travel to the Ancient Lands of the Bible
Gerard D. Launay | Berkeley, California | 01/25/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The problem with sword and sandal epics of the Bible is that they look and feel as if they were produced in Hollywood locations. How about a film which is actually photographed in Egypt and Canaan? This movie recreats very well the feel of that ancient landscape and time. My favorite scenes were the shots of camel riders moving through moon like desert and the fabulous rituals of ancient Egyptian priests chanting inside the actual temples themselves. The film is supposed to be a "creative" reworking of the "Joseph" story in the Book of Genesis. But the actual Bible story can't be improved, particularly the key reconcilation scene between Joseph and the brothers. The director (for unknown reasons) is not faithful to all the parts of the BOOK OF GENESIS. When he changes the plot, he loses the greatness of the story. Surprisingly, the success of the cartoon "Joseph - King of Dreams" arises from the fact that it is faithful to scripture. Therefore, consider the strengths and the weaknesses of the movie when you see this film. Although it is a competent effort by Youssef Chahine, it is not his best work."