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Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class, and Nation

Viola Shafik


This book examines popular and commercial movies from Egypt's film industry, including a number of the biggest box-office hits widely distributed in Egypt and the Arab world. Turning a critical eye on a major player in Egyptian cultural life, the book examines these films against the backdrop of the country's overall socio-political development, from the emergence of the film industry in the 1930s, through the Nasser and Sadat eras, up to the era of globalization. As this book demonstrates, popular cinema is a form of wish-fulfillment that expresses mass audiences dreams and fears, while symbo ... More

Keywords: popular movies, commercial movies, Egypt, film industry, Nasser, Sadat, globalization, melodrama, realism, action film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9789774160530
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Viola Shafik, author