Bab El Hadid / Cairo Station

  • Release Date: 1958
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 73 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Gabriel Telhamy
  • Screenplay: Masoud Isaa
  • Cast: Farid Shawki, Hind Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan Al Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil and Naima Wasfi
  • Cinematographer: Alvise Orfanelli
  • Art direction: Abbas Helmy
  • Editing: Kamal Abu Al Alaa
  • Music: Fouad Al Thahri
  • Sound: Aziz Fadel
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Scenario: Abdel Hay Adeeb

"Chahine himself stars in this melodrama of poverty and sexual frustration that shocked Arab audiences in the 1950s. The filmmaker is remarkably effective as a crippled news vendor who lives alone in a squalid, pinup – lined shack and whose obsession with a beautiful young lemonade stand vendor leads inevitably towards violence. One of the decisive turning points in Chahine’s long career, Cairo Station marked a new visual daring and embrace of ambitious and controversial subject matter. The film is an attempt to rejuvenate a formula – driven mainstream Egyptian cinema by judiciously adding formal and thematic elements from both neo –realism and German expressionism."HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

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