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Alexandria…Why? (1979)

A coming of age drama set in Egypt during WWII occupation, directed by Youssef Chahine.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the Egyptian drama Alexandria…Why? (1979), directed by Youssef Chahine.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Tenet (2020) (and read Sam Adams’ review in Slate)
Days of Heaven
The 400 Blows
Black Girl
An Egyptian Story
Alexandria Again and Forever
Alexandria…New York
Ziegfeld Follies
A Brighter Summer Day
The Sting
Roman Holiday

How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors,” New York Times.

On the next episode: John Cassavetes’ Husbands (1970)

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.