Al- WIDA'A BONAPARTE (1985)

Youssef Chahine is simultaneously a historian and prophet in this unforgettable film set during the French occupation of Egypt.

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Alternative titles

  • BONAPARTE IN EGYPT Alternative
  • ADIEU BONAPARTE Alternative
  • GOODBYE BONAPARTE Alternative
  • Al- WEDAA YA BONAPARTE Alternative
  • FAREWELL BONAPARTE Alternative

Introduction

Set during the French occupation of Egypt in the late 1700s/early 1800s, Youssef Chahine’s historical drama paints an intimate portrait of General Caffarelli, who famously denounced Napoleon’s war of occupation in the country.

Accompanying Bonaparte through Egypt, Caffarelli is more interested in discovering the spirit of the country and ultimately takes the Egyptian side against the French emperor’s oppressive rule.

When it screened at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Adieu Bonaparte received a mixed reception. But Chahine’s vision has only become richer with time, offering a depth and complexity in its depiction of the Egyptian people in perpetual quest for independence. With sumptuous costumes and spectacular vistas of the Nile and the surrounding landscape, this is an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

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