The sequel to the autobiographically inspired "Alexandria, Why?", "An Egyptian Story" covers the beginning of Chahine's career up to his open-heart surgery in 1973. Chahine plays his alter-ego Yehia, who gains international fame in Europe only to discover that, as in Egypt, film is as much commerce as art. The section of the film dealing with Chahine's heart attack and surgery contains two remarkable sequences. In one, Yehia travels to London for the surgery and becomes infatuated with a (male) British cab driver. The other brings the film to a phantasmagoric climax as Yehia, on the operating table, imagines himself forced to justify his life and work before a tribunal in an eccentric sequence inspired by Chaplin, "8-1/2" and "All That Jazz".
Directed by Youssef Chahine.
With Oussama Nadir, Mohsen Mohieddin, Nour el-Cherif
Egypt 1982, video, color, 120 min. Arabic with English subtitles
Director : Youssef Chahine
Scriptwriter : Youssef Chahine
Cast : Mohsen Mohiedine, Oussama Nadir, Leila Hamada, Ragaa Hussein
FESTIVALS / PRIX / AWARDS / DISTINCTIONS / TELEVISIONS
Al Kasaba International Film Festival (Euro Mediterranean Films), 9>21 /11/ 2006, Ramallah, PALESTINE)
* Honor : Youssef Chahine
23ème Festival 3 Continents de Nantes (Novembre 2001, France)
* Hommage à Nour El-Chérif