Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 190: Mon Jul 10

The Sparrow (Chahine, 1972): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.15pm

This 35mm screening, introduced by poet and essayist Momtaza Mehri, is part of the Youssef Chahine season at BFI Southbank. The film will also be screened on July 20th. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
The characters in this 1972 allegorical comedy drama, set in Egypt just before the Six Day War, deliberately invoke movie cliches with their courtship behavior and adroit manipulation of cigarettes. Obsessively composed shots subvert realism by being marvels of technique even as they advance the story of a young policeman, the adopted son of a military official, who learns his biological father is a legendary activist.
Lisa Alspector

Here (and above) is an extract.

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