Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Faten Hamama: "The Dame of Arab Cinema"
It's hard to believe but Faten Hamama, an icon of Arab cinema, has turned 76. Below is a clip from the film "Al Bab el Maftou7" (The Open Door), an adaptation of Latifa al Zayyat's novel of the same name. Mahmoud Mursi and Shwaikar appear with her. In this clip, it's Leila's engagement party to her conservative university professor who tells her that he's marrying her because, unlike her friend, she's obedient. He also tells her there's no such thing as love. In the confrontation with her friend, Gameela says her sexual transgressions are the result of her loveless marriage that even though it drove her to attempt suicide she was not allowed to end by her conformist family.