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Panorama Classics

List of films to be screened within Classics section of the 9th Panorama of the European Film which runs between 2 and 13 November 2016

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Oct 2016
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ADIEU BONAPARTE

Country: France, Egypt

Year: 1984

Director: Youssef Chahine

Starring: Michel Piccoli, Patrice Chereau, Mohsen Mohieddine, Mohamed Atef

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 115 min

Language: Arabic, French

Subtitles: English

In 1978, Napoleon lands his army in Egypt, defeats the Mameluke warlords, and goes to Cairo. Three brothers, fervent Egyptian patriots, reject the prospect of the French domination. Bakr, the eldest, is a hothead, quick to advocate armed rebellion; Ali is more philosophical and poetic while Yehia is young and impressionable. One of Bonaparte’s generals, Caffarelli, a scientist and a humanist, makes friends with two of them, Aly and Yehia. While the resistance fighters set against the bloody oppression, Caffarelli, leaves all warlike concerns behind and rebels himself Bonaparte’s destructive conquests.

Cannes Classics - Cannes IFF 2016

In Competition - Cannes IFF 1985

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Adieu Bonaparte (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)

THE GREAT DICTATOR

Country: USA, United Kingdom

Year: 1940

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Running Time: 126 min

Language: English

Subtitles: Arabic

In World War One, a nameless Jewish barber is injured fighting for the fictional nation of Tomania. When he finally gets out of the hospital, he is unaware that Adenoid Hynkel has seized absolute power and turned Tomania into an anti-semitic war machine. While defending his shop from storm troopers, the barber meets the beautiful Hannah. Meanwhile, Hynkle plots to conquer the neighboring nation of Osterlich and become Emperor of the World. In a classic mistaken identity ruse, the poor Jewish barber is taken for merciless Hynkle, leading to a heartfelt plea for humanity and justice.

Nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Outstanding Production, Best Music - Academy Awards 1941

Best Actor - New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1940

National Film Registry - National Film Preservation Board 1997

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The Great Dictator (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)

ROME OPEN CITY / ROMA CITTA APERTA

Country: Italy

Year: 1945

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Starring: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 103 min

Language: Italian, German, Latin

Subtitles: English, Arabic

The war was barely over when Italian director Roberto Rossellini filmed his 1945 masterpiece Rome, Open City, bringing the immediacy of a documentary to the devastating story about the choices people must make when all order has collapsed. Rossellini set his film a year or two earlier, as the occupying Nazi authorities conspired to crush the city’s resistance. Much is devastating, but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.

Grand Jury Prize - 1st Cannes IFF 1946

Nominated for Best Writing and Best Screenplay - Academy Awards 1947

Best Foreign Language Film - New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1946

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Rome, Open City (Photo: courtesy of Zawya)

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