Cairo Station (1958)

Youssef Chahine directs himself, Farid Shawqi and Hind Rustum in this Egyptian melodrama following the attempts to set up a baggage handler union and a crippled newspaper seller who obsesses over women.

Switches into thriller territory for the last 30 minutes. Pretty accurate study of toxic masculinity and labour organisation. That makes Cairo Station sound preachier than it is. As a big ensemble work combining lots of mature threads and themes this does a fine job. Nippy too at under 75 minutes.


Perfect Double Bill: A Short Film About Love (1988)

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