Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) (1958)

Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate)

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Youssef Chahine directs and stars in this bittersweet, neo-realist drama about a crippled newspaper vendor who falls for a gorgeous lemonade seller. Qinawi (Chahine) is in love with Hanouma (Hind Rostom). But Hanouma is engaged to rugged station worker Abu-Serih (Farid Chawqi). As Abu-Serih attempts to unionize the station workers, Qinawi's fixation on Hanouma crosses the threshold from innocent crush to dangerous obsession.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Abdel Hai Adib, Abdel Hay Adeeb
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On DVD: Nov 3, 2009
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

It's a strikingly controlled, confident, bitingly effective display, which leaves you wondering where this film has been all our lives.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: at various junctures this movie becomes a musical, a slasher film, a neorealist drama, a comedy, and a horror film.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
Chicago Reader
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With its tense score, contrasting performances of Chahine (twitchy and tightly coiled) and Rostom (sexy but cruel) and audacious moments of formal brilliance Cairo Station is a cinematic triumph.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
BBC.com

This was Chahine's break-through film, one that was popular in Egypt and also put him on the international map for directors.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a microcosmic melodrama that uses a bustling symbol of progress to analyse a state divided not just by social injustice, but also by cultural and religious chasms that are widened by external forces.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
Empire Magazine

Egyptian censors saw only the tawdriness and despair of the work, and Chahine's film was banned for years rather than heralded as the excoriating classic it is.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate)

½

At a train station in Cairo, Madbouli runs a newspaper stand where he takes pity on Qinawi(Youssef Chahine, who also directs), who is handicapped, and gives him a job. On a personal level, he is shocked to discover that Qinawi may have a subscription to Playboy before anybody else on the block. In truth, Qinawi only has eyes for Hanouma(Hind Rostom), a flirtatious seller of illegal drinks, who in return leaves her evidence with Qinawi when she is being chased by the authorities. In truth, she is getting married to Abu Serih, a porter, who is also tryng to unionize the station.

"Cairo Station" successfully uses a bustling train station as a model for the rest of Egypt which at this point in history is rapidly going through changes with many innovations being introduced like roll and roll and even feminism in the person of Women against Marriage. Working in contradictions is Abu Serih who treats Hanouma roughly but cares for the welfare of his fellow man. The only one without any ideas of his own is Qinawi and this is his tragedy. So, it is a shame that this briskly paced movie eventually turns into just another garden variety psychothriller.

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