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Arab CinemaHistory and Cultural Identity$
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Viola Shafik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160653

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160653.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Arab Cinema

Viola Shafik

American University in Cairo Press

This book concentrates only on full-length feature film productions. Although it is not confined geographically or temporally, it cannot deal equally with all Arab countries. In the examination of the economic structures of Arab cinema, Egypt occupies center place because its commercial production served partly as a model for Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Its description also serves as a model in other respects; the Lebanese film industry, for example, functioned until the outbreak of civil war in 1975 in a similar way to the Egyptian industry. Algerian cinema is another main focus. With its until recently exclusively socialist economic structure, it serves on the artistic as well as the economic level as the counterpart of the Egyptian film industry, and is therefore also used as a model. The extensive inclusion of some film-producing countries, however, was hampered on a very practical level-not all relevant films were accessible.

Keywords:   economic structures, Arab cinema, Egypt, commercial production, Lebanese film industry, civil war, Algerian cinema, Egyptian film industry

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