Funny, but Thieves
Themes at the beginning of Arab comedy in film: Comedians were secondary
characters through 1980's, crossing classes or misplaced (situational comedy),
absurdity, huge early slapstick humor that had no bearing on the plot
Added form of entertainment, replacing traditional dialogue with several forms of media,
more expressive then dialogue, adds emotional context
Classical Arabic musicals - uses traditional music themes and forms, reimagining past
A Door in the Sky
Art film, not for commercial production, culturally rich
Dichotomy of French and Moroccan lives, hard to be both
Moroccan woman living in Paris arrives in Morocco completely French but then
rejects west to embrace the value of c
Tuesday April 15
The building is more than a symbol, it connects all of the characters
Dichotomy of poor and rich- Poor shown as victims of the higher classes
How is the issue of class presented? As the building changed after the revolu
Fusha and dialect both used, fusha associated with official and religious ideas
Scale- the story is long so the movie is long, many sets, costuming, extras, role building,
trying to educate you and tell the full story, sweeping musi
1. Describe the stages and government approvals required for
filmmaking. Visas, approval of scenario, approval to shoot, approval of what they
shot; final approval has issues because could have major loss on production costs. In
US, little cens
When did the cinema start in the west?
1895; Louis Lumiere (French) invented the cinematograph
When did it start in the Arab world?
Mid-late 20th century
Which Arab countries are the major film producers?
Egypt makes up 50% of film ind
What feature did the colonial state have?
It was a bureaucratic state that was an imposed and imported model. It was not tied to the
Why was bureaucratization necessary in the colonial state?
Colonists didnt attempt to understand f
1. What language varieties were associated with the Arab high culture and
popular culture? French, English, fusha, Classical Arabic for high classes.
Dialect for pop culture. Pre-Islamic Arabia through 19th cent was foundation for