Cairo Station - Bab el hadid

Melodrama and thriller, social drama and love story in one, the masterly feature film by the Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, made in 1958, is located entirely on the station grounds. The old Madbouli is the owner of a kiosk at Cairo's main railway station. One day he finds a half-starved, poor man at the edge of the tracks. Madbouli feels sorry for the sad-looking, limping farmer Kenaoui and hires him as a flying newspaper salesman. At work, Kenaoui meets the beautiful Hanouma every day, who also earns her living at the station by supplying travellers with lemonade drinks. Kenaoui falls for the cheerful woman and makes it his goal to marry her. Lonely and in obsessive longing, he cuts out lightly dressed women from magazines in his hut at the edge of the train station in the evening, hanging his walls with them. Although he knows that Hanouma is already promised to the suitcase porter and trade unionist Abou Serih, one day he reveals his feelings to her and proposes to her. Her rejection, soaked with mockery and ridicule, drives Kenawi further into a rage-drenched obsession for Hanuma.

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Original TitleCairo Station - Bab el hadid
TitleCairo Station - Bab el hadid
Directed byYoussef Chahine
CountryEgypt
Year1958
ScreenplayAbdel Hay Adib, Mohamed Abu Youssef
Film EditingKamal Abul Ela
SoundtrackMikl├│s R├│zsa, Fouad El-Zahry
CinematographyAlevise Orfanelli
SoundAziz Fadel
Costumes
Production DesignGabriel Karraze , Abbas Helmy
ProductionGabriel Talhami
FormatsDVD, DCP
Runtime77 min.
LanguageArabisch/d/f
CastFarid Shawqi, Hind Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfy, Said Khalil, Abdel Ghani Nagdi, Loutfi El Hakim, Abdel Hamid Bodaoha

Credits

Original TitleCairo Station - Bab el hadid
TitleCairo Station - Bab el hadid
Directed byYoussef Chahine
CountryEgypt
Year1958
ScreenplayAbdel Hay Adib, Mohamed Abu Youssef
Film EditingKamal Abul Ela
SoundtrackMikl├│s R├│zsa, Fouad El-Zahry
CinematographyAlevise Orfanelli
SoundAziz Fadel
Costumes
Production DesignGabriel Karraze , Abbas Helmy
ProductionGabriel Talhami
FormatsDVD, DCP
Runtime77 min.
LanguageArabisch/d/f
CastFarid Shawqi, Hind Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfy, Said Khalil, Abdel Ghani Nagdi, Loutfi El Hakim, Abdel Hamid Bodaoha

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┬źDie neorealistisch inspirierte Milieuschilderung des Bahnhofproletariats besticht mit schnellen Montagen, spektakul├Ąrer Lichtf├╝hrung und der fantastischen physischen Pr├Ąsenz der ProtagonistInnen.┬╗ Catherine Silberschmidt, WOZ