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Cinematic Cairo
Nezar AlSayyad, Heba Safey Eldeen

Category: Art & Media: Stage & Screen
ISBN: 1-64903-133-5 EAN: 978-1-64903-133-4 Format: Hardback Pages: 288 Publisher: AUC Press Year: 2022 Quantity in Stock: 216
Cover price: £49.99 Sale Price: £8.99

A history of urban modernity in Cairo through cinema The relationship between the city and cinema is formidable. The images and sounds of the city found in movies are perhaps the only experience that many people will have of cities they may never visit. Films influence the way we construct images of the world, and accordingly, in many instances, how we operate within it. Cinematic Cairo: Egyptian Urban Modernity from Reel to Real offers a history of Cairo's urban modernity using film as the primary source of exploration, and cinematic space as both an analytical tool and a medium of critique. Cairo has provided rich subject material for Egypt's film industry since the inception of the art form at the end of the nineteenth century. The "reel" city--imagined, perceived, and experienced--provides the spatial domain that mirrors change and allows for an interrogation of the "real" city as it encountered modernity over the course of a century. Bringing together chapters by architects and art and literary historians, this volume explores this parallel and convergent relationship through two sections. The first uses films from the 1930s to the end of the twentieth century to illustrate the development of a modern Cairo and its modern subjects. The second section is focused on tracing the transformation of the cinematic city under conditions of neoliberalism, religious fundamentalism, and gender tensions. The result is a comprehensive narrative of the urban modernity of one of the most important cities in the Arab world and Global South. Contributors Ahmed H. AbdelAzim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Khaled Adham, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany Kinda AlSamara, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley, USA Doaa Al Amir, October 6th University, Cairo, Egypt Farah Gendy, Raef Fahmi Architects, Cairo, Egypt Hala A. Hassanien, Architect, Wasl, Cairo, Egypt Tayseer Khairy, Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt Mariam Marei, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt Ameer Saad, Architect, Dar Al-Handasa, Cairo, Egypt Heba Safey Eldeen, Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt Mohammad Salama, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA Nour Sobhi, Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt Sherin Soliman, Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt

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