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The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema$
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Malek Khouri

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163548

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163548.001.0001

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Chahine as an Author and as an Arab Organic Intellectual

Chahine as an Author and as an Arab Organic Intellectual

(p.215) 11 Chahine as an Author and as an Arab Organic Intellectual
The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema

Malek Khouri

American University in Cairo Press

The emergence of Chahine's cinema overlapped with the most creative period of European and North American auteur criticism. When Chahine's work began to attract the attention of critics in the west, it became increasingly evident that this approach was not going to be sufficient. The weight given by European and North American auteur criticism to the significance of art above other elements such as sociology, politics, history, and audience reception tended to underestimate drastically Chahine's use of cinema as an arena of ideological and political mediation. Since the mid-1960s, Chahine's films were largely characterized by stories presented in a compact manner resulting in complex narrative structures. His films were also known for a stylistic approach that was recognizable for a liveliness manifested in long and complex scenes diligently composed and meticulously executed.

Keywords:   auteur criticism, art, arena, stylistic approach, narrative

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