June 2010

Tawfik Saleh (1927 – )

By |June 26th, 2010|

In a career in cinema of more than forty years, Tawfik Saleh has made just seven feature films. Al-Mutamarridun (The Rebels, 1967) was banned for politi­cal reasons, and his last two films, al-Makhdu’un (The Dupes, 1972) and al­Ayyam al-Tawila (The Long Days, 1980), made […]

Niazi Mustafa (1911 – 1986)

By |June 26th, 2010|

Niazi Mustafa lived with Egyptian cinema for over half a century— from its birthing pains in the mid-thirties until 19 October 1986, when he was found murdered in his apartment, a crime that remains unsolved to this day.

The brighter side of Mustafa’s love story […]

April 2010

Togo Mizrahi (1905 – 1986)

By |April 26th, 2010|

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 […]

December 2009

Salah Abu Sayf (1915 – 1996)

By |December 12th, 2009|

Cairo is the capital of the cinema industry in the Arab World. It could not have attained this status without pioneers like Salah Abu Sayf. Starting out as an editor, he went on to directing films for over fifty years.

His movies have two distinctive […]

Anwar Wagdi (1904-1955)

By |December 12th, 2009|

Anwar Wagdi was of Syrian origin, the son of a textile trader, and believed from an early age that he resembled the American actor Robert Taylor. His first appearance on stage was in Julius Caesar in 1922. It was not until ten years later […]