Ten Arab filmmakers : political dissent and social critique /

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Bibliographic Details
Imprint:Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
Description:xiii, 254 pages ; 23 cm
Language:English
Subject:Motion pictures -- Arab countries -- History and criticism.
Motion picture producers and directors -- Arab countries.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- Arab countries.
Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- Arab countries.
Motion picture producers and directors.
Motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects.
Motion pictures -- Social aspects.
Arab countries.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10309519
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Other authors / contributors:Gugler, Josef, editor.
ISBN:9780253016447 (cloth : alk. paper)
0253016444 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780253016522 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0253016525 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780253016584 (ebook)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes filmography.
Review by Choice Review

Arab cinema is little known in the West, and what is known is often misunderstood. This is what makes this timely collection of profiles of ten Arab filmmakers so important. The essays Gugler (emer., sociology, Univ. of Connecticut) gathers showcase the films of directors both established, such as Youssef Chahine and Daoud Abd El-Sayed, and emerging, Nabil Maleh and Jocelyne Saab--artists who are working in truly guerrilla fashion, with little in the way of time or money, constantly striving to make personal statements, often in the face of official interference. No one here is trying to get rich; no one is aiming to start a blockbuster franchise. Instead, these filmmakers offer a vision of the modern Arab world that should be much more widely disseminated, a vision that gives even those who disagree with what is being shown on the screen a chance for a real cinematic dialogue, from an area of increasing importance in the modern world. Illustrated with arresting stills and superbly edited, this volume is sharp, incisive, and thought provoking. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, University of Nebraska--Lincoln

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