Alexandria Again And Forever / Iskendereya Kaman We Kaman

  • Type: Feature Film
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Date: 1989
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Production: Misr International Films, Egyptian French Co Production
  • Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Samir Nasri
  • Starring: Yousra, Youssef Chahine, Husine Fahmy, Amr Abdel Geleel, Hisham Selim, Tahia Karioka, Hoda Sultan
  • Sound: Olivier Shoufeb
  • Cinematographer: Ramses Marzouk
  • Music: Mohamed Noah
  • Set Design: Ounsi Abou Seif
  • Costume: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Camera: Samir Bahzan

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 (Harvard Film Archive)

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