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

April 7, 2016
The Egyptian director Youssef Chahine stars in his teeming, sharp-eyed populist drama, from 1958, which blends a sympathetic view of a wide array of characters, warmhearted glimpses of their private dramas, and audacious social criticism.
August 11, 2014
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.
June 28, 2013
This was Chahine's break-through film, one that was popular in Egypt and also put him on the international map for directors.
March 18, 2013
It's a strikingly controlled, confident, bitingly effective display, which leaves you wondering where this film has been all our lives.
March 18, 2013
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.
March 18, 2013
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.
March 18, 2013
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.
March 18, 2013
All human life is here: the phrase really does apply to Chahine's tragicomic masterpiece from 1958.
March 18, 2013
Short and to the point, this is a rewarding mix of punchy storytelling and sensitive characterisation delivered with immense wit and style.
September 11, 2010
In retrospect, it is amazing that the Nasser-era censors ever allowed this daring production to be made, let alone exported for global acclaim.
February 2, 2010
A masterpiece made in 1958 depicting the "lower depths" of Egyptian society making their living at Cairo's version of Grand Central Station. A beautiful and thrilling mixture of "Pagliacci" and Italian neo-realism.