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.
No puedo dejar de pensar en "Arroz amargo", de De Santis, al ver este relato infausto de rasgos neorrealistas que, además de hurgar sobre un conflicto proletario, rebela una carga erótica, a propósito de la presencia de una personaje que funciona como objeto de deseo encantando con su cnoquetería y baile. Lo cierto es que el protagonista es un hombre perverso, dócil públicamente, repulsivo para el espectador.
Character piece full of atmosphere and suspense to rival Hitchcock. This is a great film. A social and cultural doceument of a Cairo in which there was great poverty but also great vibrancy and community. This is a horror/ thriller which is told with great Egyptian affection.
Shattering. What a wonderful film! Knives hanging down on strings two days after I saw similar menacingly shining 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, as he lacked that essential beauty quality the Middle Ages used to call integritas: bodily wholeness.
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.