Archive of films Saladin / Al-Naser Salah al-Din

Egypt
1963, 186 min

Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
Year: 2019

The Braveheart of its time, this is a fictional retelling of the Crusades that doubles as an allegory for Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Chahine’s only movie with a fusha (old Arabic) dialogue, this would become Chahine’s biggest, most elaborate action film; a rousing historical epic that remains unsurpassed in both its scope and ambitiously mad vision.


Synopsis

The Braveheart of its time, this is a fictional retelling of the Crusades that doubles as an allegory for Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Saladin was the most expensive, most lavish Arab production of its time; so expensive in fact that it bankrupted its producer. Chahine’s only movie with a fusha (old Arabic) dialogue, this would become Chahine’s biggest, most elaborate action film; a rousing historical epic that remains unsurpassed in both its scope and ambitiously mad vision. It would also show Chahine’s love for period drama, a genre he would return to later on.

Joseph Fahim

Contacts

Misr International Films
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Egypt
Tel: +20 122 2117478
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
   
Director: Youssef Chahine
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Abdel Rahman El Sharkawy, Youssef El Sebaey, Naguib Mahzfouz
Dir. of Photography: Wadid Sery
Music: Fransko Lavenino
Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
Art Director: Habib Khoury, Robert Charffenberg
Producer: Asia Dagher
Production: Lotus Films
Coproduction: The Egyptian Cinema Organization
Cast: Ahmed Mazhar, Nadia Lutfi, Salah Zulfikar, Laila Fawzi, Hamdi Gheiss
Sales: Misr International Films

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Marianne Khoury

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