Adieu Bonaparte / Al Wedaa Ya Bonaparte

  • Release Date: 1984
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 114 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Screenplay: Youssef Chahine
  • Cast: Michel Piccoli, Mohsen Mohy El Deen, Mohsena Tawfik, Patrice Chereau, Hoda Sultan, Gameel Rateb, Salah Zulfikar, Taheya Karioka, Tawfik El Dekn, Seif El Deen, Ahmed Abdel Aziz
  • Cinematography: Mohsen Nasr
  • Art direction: Onsy Abou Seif
  • Editing: Louk Barneea
  • Costume design: Yvone Saysinoudeel
  • Music: Gabriel Yard
  • Sound: Michel Biritz
  • Subtitles: English, French

In 1798, Napoleon lands his army in Egypt, defeats the Mameluke warlords (the remnants of Ottoman rule), and reaches Cairo. Three brothers, Egyptian patriots, chafe under Mameluke rule and reject the prospect of French domination. Bakr, the eldest, is a hothead, quick to advocate armed rebellion; Ali is more philosophical and poetic while Yehia is young and impressionable. One of Napoleon’s generals, the one–legged intellectual Caffarelli, wants to make Frenchmen out of Ali, Yehia, and other Egyptians and decides to open a bakery where their father works; he becomes a tutor, declaring his love for them. Is tragedy the only resolution for these conflicting loyalties?

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