The third installment in Chahine's quartet of autobiographical films finds the director's work stalled by a strike. During the interruption in filming, Chahine reminisces about a past relationship with one of his actors while finding himself gradually drawn to an actress. The intimacy between director and performer is depicted symbolically, in a tender dance number clearly in homage to the Hollywood musical and set on a snow-covered street in Berlin during a film festival. A masterful amalgam of realism and fantasy, Alexandria Again and Forever is Chahine's paean to the power of imagination and the artist.
Directed by Youssef Chahine.
With Yousra, Youssef Chahine, Hussein Fahmy
Egypt/France 1989, 35mm, color, 105 min. Arabic with English subtitles