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All Singing! All Belly-Dancing!
Published on April 08, 1999
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As enjoyable as these pictures are individually, what's really invigorating about the series as a whole is the uncharted terrain it opens up. The excitement of discovering an entire film culture that benighted Westerners barely knew existed -- this is the inveterate moviegoer's equivalent of an upsurge of spring sap, but without the letdown in the final reel.
Thanks to Irene G. Behnan for translations and cultural notes.
MUSIC ON THE NILE: Fifty Years of Egyptian Musical Films| James Bridges Theater, UCLA | April 6, 8 and 10 | For showtimes and ticket information, call (310) 206-FILM. Program notes are available