A report on Cinema of Egypt

Poster for the Egyptian film Yahya el hub (1938).
Poster for the Egyptian film Berlanti (1944).

Known to be the Hollywood of the MENA region.

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Zulfikar, c. 1972

Salah Zulfikar

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Egyptian actor and film producer.

Egyptian actor and film producer.

Zulfikar, c. 1972
Salah Zulfikar between his students in Suez, 1956
Zulfikar on the cover of Al-Kawakib magazine, March 1961
Salah Zulfikar in 1964
Salah Zulfikar, c. 1972
Zulfikar meeting the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo, 1976.
Zulfikar in an interview for the Egyptian television, c. 1985
Zulfikar and Faten Hamama attending the premiere of his first film production; Among the Ruins at Cinema Diana in Cairo, 1959
I Want a Solution Press conference for the third Tehran International Film Festival. From right to left: Salah Zulfikar (Producer of I Want a Solution), Manuchehr Anwar, Faten Hamama, Said Mazrouk, Egyptian translator (1974).
Zulfikar reading to his children Ahmed and Mona, c. 1958
Zulfikar and Shadia on the poster for Wakeful Eyes (1956), Zulfikar's film debut
Zulfikar as Hussein Abdel Raouf in The Peacock (1982), for which he won Egypt's best actor award in a leading role for his performance

He is regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Egyptian film industry.

Top 100 Egyptian films

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Top 100 Egyptian films aliases: CIFF 100 Egyptian films or Greatest 100 Egyptian films in 20th century or Top 100 films in the centenary of Egyptian cinema (Egyptian Arabic: قائمة أفضل مئة فيلم في مئوية السينما المصرية) is the result of a referendum in which many Egyptian critics participated in 1996 to choose the 100 best Egyptian films of the 20th century, as part of the activities of the Cairo International Film Festival in its 20th edition, on the occasion of the centenary of Egyptian cinema, which coincides with the first film screening in Egypt in 1896.

Cairo

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Capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world.

Capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world.

Remains of a circular Roman tower at the Babylon Fortress (late 3rd century) in Old Cairo
Excavated ruins of Fustat (2004 photo)
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun, built by Ahmad Ibn Tulun in 876–879 AD
A plan of Cairo before 1200 AD, as reconstructed by Stanley Lane-Poole (1906), showing the location of Fatimid structures, Saladin's Citadel, and earlier sites (Fustat not shown)
The Cairo Citadel, seen above in the late 19th century, was begun by Saladin in 1176
Mausoleum-Madrasa-Hospital complex of Sultan Qalawun, built in 1284–1285 in the center of Cairo, over the remains of a Fatimid palace
Funerary complex of Sultan Qaytbay, built in 1470–1474 in the Northern Cemetery (seen in lithograph from 1848)
Map of Cairo in 1809, from the Description de l'Égypte.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes, 1872. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum
Qasr El Nil Bridge
Aerial view 1904 from a balloon where the Egyptian Museum appears to the right side.
A panoramic view of Cairo, 1950s
Everyday life in Cairo, 1950s
A protester holding an Egyptian flag during the protests that started on 25 January 2011.
The river Nile flows through Cairo, here contrasting ancient customs of daily life with the modern city of today.
Aerial view looking south, with the Zamalek and Gezira districts on Gezira Island, surrounded by the Nile
Cairo seen from Spot Satellite
Cairo weather observations by French savants
View of the 6th October Bridge and the Cairo skyline.
Cairo University is the largest university in Egypt, and is located in Giza.
Library building at the new campus of the American University of Cairo in New Cairo
The interior of Ramses Station
The Autostrade in Nasr City
Cairo International Stadium with 75,100 seats
Cairo Opera House, at the National Cultural Center, Zamalek district.
Khedivial Opera House, 1869.
Solomon Schechter studying documents from the Cairo Geniza, c. 1895.
Statue of Talaat Pasha Harb, the father of the modern Egyptian economy, in Downtown Cairo
The NBE towers as viewed from the Nile
View of Tahrir Square (in 2008)
Main entrance of the Egyptian Museum, located at Tahrir Square
Cairo Tower at night
The Hanging Church in Old Cairo
Al-Muizz Street in Islamic Cairo
Al-Azhar Mosque, view of Fatimid-era courtyard and Mamluk minarets
Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hassan and the al-Rifa'i Mosque, seen from the Citadel
The Citadel of Cairo, with the Mosque of Muhammad Ali
A medieval gateway in Khan al-Khalili
Smog in Cairo
Traffic in Cairo
View of the Nile and the Cairo skyline.
6th October Bridge in Cairo
Cairo International Stadium with 75,100 seats
View of Tahrir Square (in 2020)
Smog in Cairo
Traffic in Cairo

Today, Cairo has the oldest and largest cinema and music industry in the Arab World, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University.

Zulficar in 1960

Ezz El-Dine Zulficar

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Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer known for his distinctive style, which blends romance and action.

Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer known for his distinctive style, which blends romance and action.

Zulficar in 1960
Ezz El-Dine Zulficar
Zulficar with his wife Kawthar Shafik at their home in Cairo, 1961

Zulficar was one of the most influential filmmakers in the golden age of Egyptian Cinema.

Soad Hosny in 1970

Soad Hosny

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Egyptian actress born in Cairo.

Egyptian actress born in Cairo.

Soad Hosny in 1970
Soad Hosny with Salah Zulfikar in Appointment at the Tower (1962)
Soad Hosny shaking hands with President Anwar Sadat, c. 1979
Soad Hosny with Ali Badrakhan
Stuart Tower in Westminster, England

She was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East and the Arab world.

Youssef Chahine in 1986

Youssef Chahine

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Egyptian film director.

Egyptian film director.

Youssef Chahine in 1986
Salah Zulfikar and Soad Hosny in Chahine's Those People of the Nile (1972)

He was active in the Egyptian film industry from 1950 until his death.

Ahmed Ramzy

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Ahmad Ramzy (أحمد رمزي; 23 March 1930 – 28 September 2012) was an Egyptian actor who played the leading roles in many Egyptian films in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Faten Hamama in 1950

Faten Hamama

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Egyptian film and television actress and film producer.

Egyptian film and television actress and film producer.

Faten Hamama in 1950
Hamama in her first film, Yawm Said (1940).
Hamama and Omar Sharif in a scene from the 1957 film Ard al-Salam.
Hamama and Salah Zulfikar in the premiere of Bain Al-Atlal in Cairo, 1959.
Hamama in Al Haram (1965).
Hamama, with Rushdy Abaza, in I Want a Solution (1974).
I Want a Solution Press conference for the third Tehran International Film Festival. From right to left: Salah Zulfikar (Producer of I Want a Solution), Manuchehr Anwar, Faten Hamama, Said Mazrouk, Egyptian translator (1974).
Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser awarding Faten Hamama the Decoration of the Republic, 1965.

Later revered as an icon in Egyptian cinema.

Film poster

Back Again (film)

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Film poster

Back Again (Egyptian Arabic: رد قلبي translit: Rod Qalby aliases: My Heart is Returned or Return my Heart) is a 1957 Egyptian film directed by Ezz El-Dine Zulficar and written by Yusuf Sibai The film stars Shoukry Sarhan, Mariam Fakhr eddine, Salah Zulfikar, Hussein Riad and Hind Rostom.

Cairo International Film Festival

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Annual internationally accredited film festival held in Cairo Opera House.

Annual internationally accredited film festival held in Cairo Opera House.

CIFF Red Carpet
CIFF Golden Pyramid Award statue official logo

The country was still riding the crest of Egyptian cinema's golden age and contained a formidable film industry, still the biggest in the Arab world.