Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 1972
Moineau (Le) | العصفور
Youssef Chahine
Titre anglais : Sparrow (The)
Pays concerné : Égypte
Réalisateur(s) : Youssef Chahine
Durée : 100
Genre : comédie dramatique
Type : fiction

Français

Juin 1967, en Égypte. À la veille de la Guerre des Six jours, le film suit les pérégrinations d’un jeune officier, Raouf, dont le père adoptif est un responsable important des Forces de l’ordre. Raouf poursuit des trafiquants qui le conduisent jusqu’à des commanditaires haut placés. La corruption se généralise dans le pays, tandis que, dans le Sinaï, d’autres hommes de la nation attendent le début des hostilités…

Le Moineau (Al Ousfour), Youssef CHAHINE, Égypte / Algérie, 1h40, 1973, Fiction, couleur

avec
Mahmoud El-Meligui« Johny »
Mohsena TawfiqBahiya
Salah KabilYussif Fath el-Bab
HabibaFatma
Sayf Ad-DinRawf
Salah MansurLe Préfet Ismail

Scénario – Y. Chahine, Lotfi Kholi
Image – Mustapha Imam
Musique – A. Ismail, S. Imam, N. Bahgat

English

Against the backdrop of the Six Day War, masterful Egyptian director Youssef Chahine sketches another of his ensemble visions of life in contemporary Egypt. At the centre of a kaleidoscopic swirl of characters are two young men, a reporter and a policeman, who begin a friendship as each confronts the legacy of his father. Their confrontations are heightened when war breaks out. The film ends, Altman-style, with all of the characters brought together, in the spontaneous outpouring of sorrow, rage, frustration and confusion onto Cairo’s streets following Nasser’s announcement of Egypt’s military defeat and his resignation.


Youssef Chahine | Egypt/Algeria, 1972 | 1h45m | 35mm | Arabic with English subtitles |


Cast
Mahmoud el-Melingui, Mohsena Tawfiq, Seif el-Dine, Salah Kabil, Ali el-Charif


A vivid portrait of a nation in chaos, The Sparrow is set against the background of Egypt’s shocking defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War with Israel, a traumatic event that transformed Egyptians’ confidence in Nasser into ambivalence towards a leader suddenly revealed to be deeply fallible. Eschewing traditional narrative in favor of an episodic ensemble piece focused on the hunt for a politically connected crime kingpin, The Sparrow’sheady combination of realist and expressionist elements is meant to disorient the viewer and evoke Chahine’s vision of a country suddenly gone far astray.

Source: http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2009janfeb/chahine.html
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