Shattering. What a wonderful film! Knives hanging down on strings two days after I saw similar menacingly shiny shots in Hark Tsui's "Blade", and the slow-burning athanor of heat, youth customs and political earthquakes, sensual teasing and underskin magmatic unrest the man who was denied love is forced to undergo for he lacked the essential beauteous quality the Middle Ages called integritas: bodily whole(some)ness.
This is an exciting and fast paced film that perfectly captures the atmosphere of this train station as it's own universe with an assortment of eccentric characters that are constantly on the brink of destroying one another in between comic jabs. Youssef Chahine is heartbreaking as the cripple Qinawi and that end scene is one of the most powerful ever committed to celluloid. A true cinematic gem.
This true classic of egyptian cinema is worth its reputation. The framing and constent movement make it a great entertainment. Lots of fantastic faces, secondary stories, and nice camera work. It makes you want to know more about Chahine, almost the same way i wanted to watch more films from Satyajit Ray the minute i discovered him. I don´t understand why "world cinema" sounds a bit pejorative.
An empty carriage creating suspense; a filled one flashing with limbs for communal dance; undercarriages in motion = danger; stationary = hiding place for young girls in bloom; warehouses filled with bales of hay = amorous hide & seek; empty = deadly cat & mouse. What is amazing about this film full of stock types is that each subplot, each mood in the crazy array of moods seems spontaneously generated by location!
What an odd film. It almost reminds me of Bunuel's Los Olvidados in the way it combines neorealism with a grotesque quality. The editing and cinematography is amazing at times. Chahine also impresses on both sides of the camera here. Great film, but sadly underrated.
A brilliant film told in neo-realist style that inserts social commentary to the tale of a limping human existence. Such is the resonance of the truncated Qinawi (a towering performance by Chahine himself) that all social pathologies of the Egyptian society in its lame modernization take the back seat as Qinawi's search for love turns into an unattainable ideal, like the absent gaze of the young girl on the street.
A pearl from Egyptian cinema that follows a handicapped peddler obsessed with a sexy drink vendor. The expressionist style and raw realism of life in Egypt makes for a fascinating psychological horror. Due to the dark nature and overt sexuality in a muslim country, Cairo Station was banned after its initial release and finally earned respect 20 years after.