Classic Egyptian Movies

101 Must-See Films

Sameh Fathy
Translated bySarah Enany

A prolific film industry has flourished on the banks of the Nile since the earliest days of cinema, producing movies that have been hugely popular and

English edition
10 November 2018
320 pp.
220 color
16X20cm
ISBN 9789774168680
For sale worldwide

$39.95

A prolific film industry has flourished on the banks of the Nile since the earliest days of cinema, producing movies that have been hugely popular and immensely influential not only in Egypt but across the Arab world. Concentrating on productions written and produced entirely in Egypt, Sameh Fathy—a film critic with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Egyptian cinema—here selects the 101 most important movies to come out of Cairo’s famous studios over the last eighty years. From classic comedies like Salama Is Fine to social dramas like The Second Wife, and from literary adaptations like The Call of the Curlew to masterpieces of the cinematic art like The Night of Counting the Years, the author introduces us to each film’s writers, producers, directors, and stars, and explains the movie’s particular historical, cultural, or artistic significance. Illustrated throughout with posters and stills from all the movies covered.

Sameh Fathy

Sameh Fathy is an Egyptian film critic and the author of several books in Arabic on cinema both Egyptian and worldwide.
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