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 Title
Cairo Station - Bab el hadid
Title
Cairo Station - Bab el hadid
Directed by
Youssef Chahine
Country
Egypt
Year
1958
Screenplay
Abdel Hay Adib, Mohamed Abu Youssef
Film Editing
Kamal Abul Ela
Soundtrack
Mikl├│s R├│zsa, Fouad El-Zahry
Cinematography
Alevise Orfanelli
Sound
Aziz Fadel
Production Design
Gabriel Karraze , Abbas Helmy
Production
Gabriel Talhami
Formats
DVD, DCP
Runtime
77 min.
Language
Arabisch/d/f
Cast
Farid 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