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Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity Paperback – 15 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Revised edition edition (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774160657
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774160653
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shafik discusses the history, genres, and esthetics of Arab film. She is very good at analyzing its antecedents in Arab literary, theatrical, storytelling, and musical traditions. She gives broad coverage to typical genres and is particularly good on realism and the cinema d auteur. Although Shafik focuses on Egyptian films, which comprise well more than half of all Arab films made, she discusses the films of the other Arab nations as well, delineating the differences and similarities among them. The author devotes the preponderance of the book to the films themselves, but she is also thorough in her analysis of the conditions political, religious, economic that determine what films are made, how they are made, and where they are seen. Intelligent, perceptive, and elegantly written, this volume deserves a broad readership. Highly recommended. All readers, all levels." --Choice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Viola Shafik studied cinema in Hamburg and is a freelance film scholar and filmmaker. She has directed several documentaries, including The Lemon Tree (1993), which was awarded the prize for best documentary short at the Images of the Arab World Festival in 1993. She is also the author of Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class, and Nation (AUC Press, 2007).

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Viola Shafik provides a great introduction to cinema and culture of the Middle East. She explores the emergence and progression of cinema in the Arab world and its influences and impacts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book with an interesting point of view! 8 Feb. 2013
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I had to read this book for a class at school and was expecting it to be pretty boring. I was pleseantly proved wrong! This book is very interesting and the way in which she looks as film through the individual cultures within the Arab world. If you are interested in film or in Arab culture and history, this would be a great book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very brief review of Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity 19 Oct. 2011
By N. Kader - Published on Amazon.com
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Great introduction to how Arab culture shapes Middle Eastern cinema. However, if you do not know much about Arabic culture, this may not be the best place to start. It can be overwhelming but is an important book to have for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Pan Arab cinema.
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