The Golden Years of Egyptian Film: cairo cinema 1936-1967

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Between the 1930s and the 1960s, the Egyptian cinema industry was at its height, producing hundreds of black-and-white comedies, dramas, and romances, many of which became enduring classics, much loved and watched over and over throughout the Arab world in cinemas and on television. Whatever the genre, love was always a central theme-ideal love, impossible love, love won, love lost.

Here in this sumptuous, large-format treatment, film fan Sherif Boraie has gathered over a hundred promotional stills from more than eighty great Egyptian movies. In glorious black-and-white, stars who are household names from Casablanca to Baghdad pucker or pout, cower or scowl, clinch or croon, scheme or triumph. There are the divas and the crooners: Umm Kulthum, Laila Murad, Abd al-Halim Hafez, Farid al-Atrash; the leading ladies: Faten Hamama, Suad Husni; the leading men: Omar Sharif, Rushdi Abaza; the dancers: Naima Akif, Tahiya Carioca; the villains: Tawfiq al- Diqn, Mahmoud al-Meligui; and the comics: Mary Munib, Isma’il Yasin. Not to mention the child star Fayruz, the people’s hero Farid Shawqi, and the magnificent Hind Rustum.

Introduced and captioned in English and Arabic, this book of the greatest and the best of Egyptian cinema will appeal to classic film lovers everywhere.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Bilingual edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774161734
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774161735
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

A unique scope, well done

 on July 2, 2014
By Kevin E Cain
Having seen this book in Cairo at the AUC store, I was both happy to see it an Amazon and sad that it has been remaindered. The book is something special — I am not aware of any other that contains even a small number of the films mentioned. In this way fans and scholars of Egyptian film should consider this a valuable work.

Five Stars

 on January 23, 2017
By Nora A.
Beautiful album book.

illustrated overview of first generation Egyptian film

 on November 22, 2008
By Henry Berry
The work introduces one to the range and vitality of Egyptian films in their early decades. Many do not realize how active the country’s film industry was. Many of the films are not exotic as Muslim, Middle Eastern culture is looked at as exotic or foreign. Many of the themes deal with universal, sometimes risque sentiments or situations in an Egyptian setting. If there was no text or other clues, you could take most of the black-and-white stills from the Egyptian movies as being from French movies of the period.

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