Egyptian veteran film critic Ahmed El-Hadary dies at 91

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jan 2017

El-Hadary was the founder and head of the Egyptian Film Writers and Critics Association

Film critic and historian Ahmed El-Hadary (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic)

Ahmed El-Hadary, a seasoned Egyptian film critic and historian, died on Sunday after a struggle with illness.

Born in 1926 in Cairo's Abbasiya neighbourhood, El-Hadary graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts with a bachelor's degree in architecture.

He was a practicing architect alongside his work in cinema and film criticism.

El-Hadary was dubbed the ‘sheikh’ (master) of critics, and was the founder and former head of the Egyptian Film Writers and Critics Association, which announced his death Sunday in a statement of condolences.

The association had previously honoured the founder by naming one of its halls after him.

El-Hadary was also the former head of the Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival, and was named the honorary president of the 32nd edition of the festival.

He authored a multi-volume series titled The History of Cinema in Egypt.

Minister of Culture Helmy El-Namnam also expressed his condolences for “the loss of a great pillar in Egyptian cinema," adding that El-Hadary "enriched the culture scene with his writings, translations and creative works.”

El-Hadary's funeral will be held Monday at El-Hassan Mosque, in Heliopolis, near the Cairo Medical Center. The wake will be held on Tuesday at an as-yet unconfirmed location.

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