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Why a 1950s Egyptian Film Is More Relevant than Ever

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 7, 2014 11:04 AM
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There have been a number of penetrating docs to come out of Egypt, most recently, Jehane Noujaim's "The Square." That film effectively captures the spirit of hope, and then disillusionment and frustration that has accompanied that country's tumultuous revolution. What's remarkable is that Youssef Chahine's classic 1958 film "Cairo Station" embodies that same conflicted sense--straddling the line between liberation and destruction, new beginnings and short-circuited dreams.

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