Cairo Station - Bab el hadid


Cairo Station - Bab el hadid

Youssef ChahineEgypt – 1958

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.

Original Title Cairo Station - Bab el hadid
German Title Bahnhof Cairo - Tatort Hauptbahnhof Kairo
French Title Gare Centrale
Other Titles The Iron Gate
Directed by Youssef Chahine
Country Egypt
Available Formats DVD, DCP
Screenplay Abdel Hay Adib, Mohamed Abu Youssef
Film Editing Kamal Abul Ela
Soundtrack Miklós Rózsa, Fouad El-Zahry
Cinematography Alevise Orfanelli
Sound Aziz Fadel
Décors Gabriel Karraze , Abbas Helmy
Production Gabriel Talhami
Runtime 77 Min.
Language Arabisch/d/f
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

«Die neorealistisch inspirierte Milieuschilderung des Bahnhofproletariats besticht mit schnellen Montagen, spektakulärer Lichtführung und der fantastischen physischen Präsenz der ProtagonistInnen.» Catherine Silberschmidt, WOZ


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