Egyptian Films

September 2010

Al-Ard aka The Earth (1969)

By |September 7th, 2010|

Youssef Chahine’s adaptation of Marxist writer `Abd al-Rahman al-Sharqawi’s 1953 novel, set in the 1930s, is an epic chronicle of life in a rural Egyptian village. The main plot concerns the unsuccessful attempts of the villagers to retain their access to water. Told that […]

Doaa al-Karawan (1959)

By |September 25th, 2009|

Adapted from a novella of the same title by Taha Husayn, The Nightingale’s Prayer tells the story of two poor orphaned sisters from the countryside. The first, sent to work as a servant, is seduced and raped by her master, […]

Beqarar hai koi – Shama Parwana (1954)

By |September 12th, 2009|

Please listen to the two songs below. You will notice that the tunes are pretty similar.

The Indian song is from the film Shama Parwana (1954). It was sung by Suraiya (the charming singer-actress) and Mohammed Rafi and picturized on very young Shammi Kapoor and […]