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Inspector Tahar's Holiday

Inspector Tahar's Holiday

Original Title: Les vacances de l'inspecteur Tahar
Director: Moussa Haddad
Algeria | Arabic, English, French
1972 | 110min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: BETACAM
All Ages
‘The Adventures of Inspector Tahar’ was a classic series of Algerian comedies directed by Moussa Haddad in the late 1960s and ’70s. The films featured a comic pair of detectives – a hilarious and dynamic duo played by popular actor Haji Abdul Rahman and Yahya Ben Mabrouk. Haddad (whose latest drama, Harraga Blues, screens in this year’s Narrative Feature Competition – see page 25) revealed his lighthearted side with this installment from the series. Inspector Tahar’s Holiday follows the comedic misadventures of the man of action and his assistant, known as The Apprentice who find themselves in the midst of an investigation during a trip overseas.

Mama Traki, a Tunisian lady, invites Inspector Tahar and his sidekick to spend their holiday in Tunisia and they board a cruise ship, where soon a mysterious crime is committed. As they arrive at their destination in Tunisia, a strange chain of events occur that may allow them to finally solve the case.

Inspector Tahar’s Holiday allows audiences of today to revisit a classic of Arab comedy on the big screen, and get to know an icon: Abdul Rahman was a very important cultural figure in Algeria, the likes of which have not been seen since his death in 1981 at the age of 41.

– Suad Shamma

Director,  Moussa Haddad

Director,  Moussa Haddad

Moussa Haddadwas born in Algiers. He began his career as an assistant director on the seminalThe Battle of Algiers(1965) andDeath Walks in Laredo(1966). He made his feature debut withInspector Tahar(1967), a popular comic mystery that spawned a number of sequels. Other films includeChildren of November(1975); Hassan Terro in the Bush(1978);Liberation(1982) andMade In(1999).

Cast and Crew

Director
Moussa Haddad
Cast
Hadj Abderrahmane, Yahia Benmabrouk, Zohra Faïza, Hattab Ben Ali, Nadia Akkache, Hassan El Hassani, Sissani Mahmoud, Aziz Ben Khabchach, Salah El Mehdi
Production Company
Office National pour le Commerce et l'Industrie Cinématographique (Algérie)
Music
Ahmed Malek
Screenwriter
Hadj Abderrahmane
Editor
Rachid Benallal
Cinematographer
Rachid Merabtine
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