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Still: The Beginning and the End, Director: Salah Abouseif, Egypt, 1960

Safar: The Beginning and the End

23 Sep 2012

Omar Sharif’s final film before ascending to Hollywood stardom with Lawrence of Arabia is an adaptation from a novel by Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz. The Beginning and the End was the first film adapted from Mahfouz’s opus; his novels would later usher in some of the most significant films in Arab cinema’s history. Directed by Salah Abouseif – one of Egypt’s significant realist filmmakers – the film charts the life of a modest Egyptian family after their patriarch’s death. Stricken by poverty, the family’s lives unfold into dramatically different paths. In the end, the tension between pride, shame, and blind ambition seems to lead only to tragedy. Boasting one of the most notorious endings in Arab film history, this 35mm of The Beginning and the End is not to be missed.


Presented in partnership with the Egyptian National Film Center and the Egyptian Embassy in London.

Director: Salah Abouseif, Egypt, 1960, 125 mins, cert 12A

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