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Palace Walk

Palace Walk

Original Title: Bayn al Qasrayn
Director: Hassan El Imam
Egypt | Arabic
1964 | 135min. | Black & White
Subtitles: English
Format: 35mm
All Ages
Naguib Mahfouz – Man of Cinema
Palace Walk is the first novel of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo trilogy, his tribute to his beloved home city. It is a literary work that stands apart for its vivid depiction of life in Cairo during a very sensitive phase in its modern history.

A few years after its publication, director Hassan El Imam adapted the book to the silver screen. Over the course of 135 minutes, Imam benefits from the efficiency of actor Yehia Chahine playing the role of Ahmed Abdul Jawad, a despot at home who rules his children with an iron fist, but whose double standard sees him transform from the extremely conservative man he appears to be at home to behaving in a completely different manner in the outside world. This duplicity allows us to see the varying degrees to which Ahmed affects the lives of those around him. An additional layer can be read here, in which the protagonist and his family embody the effects of the dramatic changes witnessed by Cairo at the beginning of the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s trilogy as a whole expands on this exploration when it tackles other social issues –such as the role of women –vis-à-vis emerging contemporary values that reflect the socio-political trends of the time.

–Qais Qassem

Director,  Hassan El Imam

Director,  Hassan El Imam

Hassan El Imam (1919-1988) was born in Mansoura, Egypt. Considered one of Egypt’s greatest directors, he made over 60 feature films in many genres over a long career. He is well known for work including The Two Orphans (1949), Calumnied by the People (1950), The Unjust Angel (1954), The Sin (1962), The Student (1962), Chafika the Copt Girl (1963) and The Nun (1965). Palace Walk (1964) was the first of his adaptations of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo trilogy, followed by Palace of Desire (1967) and Sugar Street (1972).

Cast and Crew

Director
Hassan El Imam
Cast
Yehia Chahine, Zizi Al Bedrawi, Maha Sabry, Abdelmunim Ibrahim, Salah Kabil, Amal Zayed, Soheir El Baroudi, Zozo Nabil, Hala Fakher, Neamat Mokhtar, Amina Shakib, Ezzat El Alayli
Production Company
Gibrail Talhami
Music
Aly Ismail
Executive Producer
High Kevorkian, Hilal Kirlis
Screenwriter
Yusuf Gawhar, based on the novel by Nagub Mahfouz
Editor
Rashida Abdel Salam
Cinematographer
Mustafa Hassan
Art Director
Shady Abdel Salam
Sound
Nasri Abdel Nour
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