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Alexandria, Why?

Youssef Chahine

Fiction, 1978, 133’
Original language: Arabic

2 Jul 2012 - 22:00

Anfiteatro ao Ar Livre

Admission 3 €

Alexandria, Why? Marked a radical, newly introspective turn in Chahine’s active career, a sharp departure from his Fifties musicals and melodramas and his later epics and political films.

Alexandria Why

The first of four semi-autobiography films, entitled “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” Alexandria, Why? Focuses on a precocious adolescent, whose dreams and colorful attempts to become an actor unfold against the vivid backdrop of Alexandria during World War II. A rich cast inspires Chahine’s young thespian hero with a wealth of dramatic subplots – at turns hilarious at others touching – about wartime life. The autobiographical nature and nostalgic flavor of Alexandria, Why? Makes it one of Chahine’s most accessible works, a charming and entertaining film that also delivers a potently subversive and impassioned anti–war message.