Alexandria Why / Iskindereya Leh

  • Type: Feature Film
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Date: 1978
  • Duration: 125 Minutes
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Production: Misr International Films
  • Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine, Mohsen Zayed, Hassan Abd Rabou
  • Starring: Naglaa Fathy, Farid Shawki, Ezzat El Aleyli, Yusuf Wahbi, Yehia Chahine, Layla Fawzi, Mohsina Tawfiq, Mahmoud El Meligy, Seif Al Din, Ahmed zaki, Mohsen Mohi Al Din
  • Sound: Nasri Abdel Nour
  • Cinematographer: Mohsen Nasr
  • Music: Fouad Al Thahri
  • Set Design: Nahed Bahgat
  • Costume: Ahmed Al Kassar
  • Camera: Mahmoud Bakr

Alexandria, Why? Marked a radical, newly introspective turn in Chahine’s active career, a sharp departure from his Fifties musicals and melodramas and his later epics and political films. The first of four film semi – autobiography, entitled “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” Alexandria, Why? Focuses on a precocious adolescent whose dreams and colorful attempts to become an actor unfold against the vivid backdrop of Alexandria during World War II. A rich cast inspires Chahine’s young thespian hero with a wealth of dramatic subplots – at turns hilarious and touching – about wartime life. The autobiographical nature and nostalgic flavor of Alexandria, Why? Make it one of Chahine’s most accessible works, a charming and entertaining film that also delivers a potently subversive and impassioned anti – war message. (Harvard Film Archive)

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