Category: Egyptian Cinema

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Togo Mizrahi, with a Ph.D in economics, and fluent in several languages, was an immensely productive figure in Egypt’s early cin­ema. In sixteen years he made thirty-two films, as director, author, scriptwriter, set designer, and sometimes actor. Between 1930 and 1946 he worked with every new aspect of film, making social dra­mas, musicals, and historical […]
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Born of an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, Rushdi Abaza was the scion of a respectable old family whose members held high posts in the state. As a stu­dent at St. Mark’s College in Alexandria, Rushdi was fonder of body building and athletics than academic studies. He was well-proportioned and muscular, with a handsome […]
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Layla Murad (1918-1995)

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On December 12, 2009
Layla Murad began her film career in 1932, singing “The Day of Departure” in al-Dahaya (The Victims), directed by Badr Lama. Egyptian cinema was on the threshold of sound. The Victims had originally been made as a silent film, but the public wanted Hollywood-style talkies, so Lama added the song by Layla Murad. She was […]
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