Based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz with the same name, Said’s world revolves around Nabawiyya, his former flame, and Sana’, his daughter. Once in love with the former, she has now betrayed him by marrying his friend ‘Ilish. Central to the making of Said Mahran is also Ra’uf ‘Ilwan, his one-time criminal mentor, who used the same revolutionist rhetoric, but now, being a respected journalist and businessman, is in seeming opposition to Said, whose outlook hasn’t changed. —El Cinema
The director Kamel al-Sheikh was one of the most popular Egyptian filmmakers in the fifties and early sixties He was heavily influenced by American film director Alfred Hitchcock, and was known for his interest in detective films that largely depended on complex storylines.
Kamal el-Sheikh was born on the 5th of February 1919 in the popular district of Helwan and completed his secondary education and obtained a baccalaureate degree in 1937. In this period he began his passion for cinema and begun to search for a way to fulfil his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He sent a letter to Mohammad Karim accompanied by a photograph of him asking him where he could find him a job for one of his films.Karim did not reply to Kamal’s letter but still he was undeterred and eventually managed to work his way into the film industry by becoming an assisatnt editor to Niazi Mostafa. He continued to work as an editor throughout the 1940’s working with Youssef Wahby and Anwar Wagdi.
In 1952… read more