Alexandria Again And Forever / Iskendereya Kaman We Kaman

  • Release Date: 1989
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 105 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Screenplay: Youssef Chahine
  • Cast: Yousra, Youssef Chahine, Hussein Fahmy, Amr Abdel Guelil, Hesham Selim, Taheya Karioka, Hoda Sultan
  • Cinematography: Ramses Marzouk
  • Art direction: Onsy Abou Seif
  • Editing: Rachida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Amr Khalil
  • Music: Mohamed Nouh
  • Sound: Olivier Chauvet, Olivier Varenne
  • Subtitles: English, French

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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