An Egyptian Story

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Boldly blending personal and political histories, intercutting its fast-moving fictional scenes with documentary footage, this sort of sequel to Alexandria - Why? follows the fortunes of Chahine's charismatic film-maker hero and alter ego, forced to review his past and learn to love himself by a critical open-heart operation. The occasionally clumsy central conceit - Yehia/Chahine standing trial for his life during surgery - is amply offset by the energy and style of this indulgent, exuberant, and immensely likeable self-portrait.

By: SJo

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Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Youssef Chahine
Screenwriter: Youssef Chahine
Cast: Nour El-Sherif
Ussama Nadir
Leila Hamada
Mohsen Mohieddin
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