Youssef Chahine

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The output of this preeminent Egyptian filmmaker is in striking contrast to the light musicals which dominate his national industry. From an early age, Youssef Chahine had been enthralled by performing. His father had ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1926 in Egypt

Filmography

Director (19)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("47 Years Later") (Director)

Chaos 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Alexandria - New York 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 3) (Director)

Silence... on tourne 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

An-nil Oual Hayat 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

El Akhar 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Destiny 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

The Emigrant 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Alexandria, Again and Forever 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Alexandria... Why? 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Egyptian Story 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Cairo As Told By Youssef Chahine 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Sixieme Jour 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Al-Wedaa Ya Bonaparte 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Cairo Station 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blazing Sun 1953 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Alexandria - New York 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 3) (Screenplay)

Silence... on tourne 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Akhar 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Destiny 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Emigrant 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alexandria, Again and Forever 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alexandria... Why? 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Egyptian Story 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cairo As Told By Youssef Chahine 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Sixieme Jour 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Al-Wedaa Ya Bonaparte 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alexandria, Again and Forever 1991 (Movie)

Yehia (Actor)

Cairo Station 1957 (Movie)

Kinawi (Actor)
Producer (2)

Alexandria... Why? 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sarikat Sayfeya 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Death of a Princess 1979 (Movie)

production services(Egypt) (Production)

Biography

The output of this preeminent Egyptian filmmaker is in striking contrast to the light musicals which dominate his national industry. From an early age, Youssef Chahine had been enthralled by performing. His father had hoped to secure Chahine's success by sending him to a Catholic primary school and later boarding school in England. At his family's insistence, he enrolled at Alexandria University as an engineering major but eventually persuaded his family to allow him to pursue an acting career. In the mid-1940s, Chahine attended the Pasadena Playhouse where he was befriended by Robert Preston and Victor Jory. When he graduated in 1948, he returned to his homeland and apprenticed with the Italian documentarian Gianni Verniccio.

Relationships

Colette Chahine

Wife
French

EDUCATION

Alexandria University

Studied for a year at his family's insistence

Victoria College

Also attended by actor Omar Sharif

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California 1948
studied for two years; offered teaching position with school

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California 1948
studied for two years; offered teaching position with school

Milestones

2007

Final film before his death, "This Is Chaos"

2004

Completed the last of his autobiographic films "Alexandria...New York"

1999

Helmed "L'Autre/El Akhar/The Other"; screened at the New York Film Festival

1998

Subject of a retrospective at the New York Film Festival

1997

Honored at the Cannes Film Festival for the body of his work

1997

Co-wrote and directed a biographical feature about the Muslim philosopher Averroes, "Al Massir/Destiny"

1994

Scripted (also directed) "The Emmigrant" a story inspired by the Biblical character of Joseph, son of Jacob

1990

Helmed third autobiographical film, "Alexandria, Again and Again"

1985

Wrote (also directed) "Adieu Bonaparte" about Napoleon's Egyptian campaign

1982

Continued autobiographical filmmaking with "Hadduta misriya/An Egyptian Story"

1977

Filmed "Alexandria...Why?" the first installment in what would prove to be an autobiographic quartet

1973

Formed own production comapny, Misr International Productions

1973

Directed first Egyptian-Algerian co-production, "Al Usfur/The Sparrow"

1968

Directed first Egyptian-Soviet co-production, "Al-Nas fi'l-Nil/People of the Nile/Men of the Nile" (released in 1972)

1965

Made first film in Lebanon, "Bayya' al-khawatim/The Ring Seller"

1964

Left country for voluntary exile in Lebanon due to conflict with government film authorities

1958

First screen collaboration with writer Naguib Mahfouz, "Gamila Buhrayed/Jamila the Algerian"

1958

Directed the well received "Bab al-Hadid/Cairo Station"

1953

Credited with discovering actor Omar Sharif, who made his debut in Chahine's "Struggle in the Valley/The Blazing Sky"

1949

Feature directing debut, "Baba Amin/Papa Amin"

1948

Worked with Egyptian-born Italian documentarist Gianni Vernuccio

Moved to the U.S. to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse

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