Cairo Station

1958, Drama, 1h 16m

13 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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A newspaper dealer kidnaps the woman he loves, with tragic consequences.

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  • Jul 31, 2020
    Hitchcock and Italian neorealism cross paths in this thrilling Egyptian gem. A great character study.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2012
    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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    Above all, Bab el Hadid is intelligent. The movie grabs Felliniesque characters (especially that sexy femme) and combines them in a joyous and iconic central location: the tran station of Cairo. But what seems to be a collective character study with intertwined layers of comedy and drama suddenly breaks all expectations (even those of the most experience movie-watchers) transforming the atmosphere into something entirely different, and in the end, <b>the central idea and concepts remain the same</b>! Talk about being genius and talented, Chahine! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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