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Alexandria Again and Forever

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The last film in Youssef Chahine's autobiographical Alexandria Trilogy stars Chahine himself as his cinematic alter ego, Yehia Mourad, completing his merging of fiction with real life and drama with psychodrama. Opening with Chahine's triumph at the Berlin Film Festival, where he took home the Silver Bear for Alexandria...Why? (the first film in the trilogy--this is layered stuff), the film explores Yehia's obsession with his young star, Amir, while participating in the general strike of 1987. As Yehia fantasizes about the films they would make together (one of them looks like a loony take on Jesus Christ Superstar), he elevates Amir from a kind of adopted son to cinematic messiah. But while caught up in the strike, Yehia becomes enchanted by a former actress turned dedicated revolutionary, and he decides to cast her in his next feature.

While this is a serious portrait of art, politics, and aesthetic inspiration, it's also a deliriously playful film full of fantasies played out like Hollywood movies. One of the loveliest moments is an old-fashioned song and dance in which the two men celebrate their Silver Bear in a snowy German street like a scene out of Singing in the Rain, while his grand daydream of an ancient Egyptian historical epic takes an unexpected turn into Keystone Cop slapstick. The mix of whimsy and wizened reflection is infectious in Chahine's exploration of the muses and visions that drive his art. --Sean Axmaker

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This complicated and surreal autobiographical film, explores the personal life and fantasies that have shaped the motion pictures of Youssef Chahine. Taking a stand for democracy, Yehia (Chahine's on-screen alter ego) joins a hunger protest which has rallied together the entire Egyptian film industry. As the strikers mount their demands, the director becomes overwhelmed by his infatuation for Amir, the young actor whose career he launched with the film Alexandria...Why? But this obsession is soon overshadowed by his interest in Nadia, the beautiful inginue whom he decides to cast in his next feature.

The final chapter of Chahine's Alexandria Trilogy: Alexandria...Why?, An Egyptian Story and Alexandria Again and Forever.


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  • Actors: Zaki Abdel Wahab, Aly Badrakhan, Menha Batraoui, Taheya Cariocca, Hassan El Adl
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Arabic
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TX0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alexandria Again and Forever" on IMDb

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anthony Brenton on October 15, 2001
Format: DVD
YOUSSEF CHAHINE directs and stars in this MAGNIFICIENT final entry in his semi-autobiographical "ALEXANDRIA" TRILOGY! Because of a CONFLICT with his leading man (the actor does NOT want to play Hamlet!), YEHIA, who is now a film-maker, has to REEVALUATE his life, his work and his own sexual impulses! This is a sophisticated movie, but it also includes some wonderful MUSICAL segments as well as gorgeous CINEMATOGRAPHY and solid performances by not only Chanine by Yousra as Nadia and Hussein Fahmy as Stelio! "Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman" was made in Egypt in 1990! Dollars to donuts you have never SEEN and Egyptian film! Well, you will enjoy this one by Egypt's master director! Even better, start with the FIRST film in the trilogy, "Alexndria...Why?"!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "looost" on May 31, 2001
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YES , i know already it is so difficult to understand this movie , you have to watch it at least 2 or 3 times in order just to try to follow the so much complicated story line , actually the movie itself sounds to me as some sort of " absurd - poetry",chahine is trying to go deep into his ego , to trace the reasons of why he did so and so .. ? ! huh does it sound non sense ? ok watch that song in the movie where he was talking about his favourite actor as A GOD , and trying to force him into the people mind saying " take my eyes , and look at him you will find him beautiful if u see him with your heart's eyes" THE only problem with this movie is that Non-Arabic viewres might not feel it , just because chahine's screen play arabic is so difficult to be translated , to be honest with u sometimes it is even difficult for arabic viewers to follow his new language :P well , still this movie is a good meal for your eyes if you r hungry for a beautiful cinematic picture < best visuals ever seen in arabian cinema > love ya chahine , thank u
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on January 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I admit that I have not seen the complete triology of the celibated Egyptian director Youssef Chahine semi-autobiographical journey through his experiences of Egyptian cinema. But if they are anything like this one. Then they are best avoided. The word pretentious can not do justice to the staggering amount of nonesensical psuedo-profoundity that Chahine actors are forced to sprout. At one point my husband and I were compelled to check the cover because the actors broke out into a Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly routine whilst battling to come to terms with the fact that their film had lost at the Canne's film festival. The film has no actual plot to speak of. Instead it switches with clumsy rapidity from present day where Chahine's alto-ego struggles to keep a self-destructive actor on his pay roll who wants to escape soap operas. To past experiences on Chahin's set where the camermen are on strike during a production of "Cleopatra." Or is it the otherway round. Who can tell through the quagmire of empty philosophical soliques and experimental camera angles.
The lighting is poor the sound quality is poor, the acting totally OTT and irritating. Far better to see Youssef Chahine's swashbuckling triple Canne's winner "Destiny" also avilable at Amazon.com than spend your money on this egotistical gibberish
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2002
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This is probably the best film Chahine ever made. This movie was not successful commercially due to the cinematic illiteracy of the movie goers in Egypt. It brings together a wonderful cast of some of the best stars Egypt ever had. Its surrialist sequences are the most notable parts of the movie. After this movie, chahine's movies deteriorated. He made awfull movie like Silence Ontourne, L'autre...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loay Al-saudi on July 31, 2000
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Hes one of the most important directors in Egypt,All hes movies are great and this one is from hes great colection.I wont talk about the movie,but if you intrested to know about Egyptian Movies,then i recomend a movie for Yossif Shahin the director for this movie.and the Movie will speak for its self and im sure you will not regret to have this movie.
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