in about 100 words or less
Egypt 95m, B&W
Director: Youssef Chahine; Cast: Farid Shawqi, Hind Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfy
Bab el Hadid is the story of Qinawia, a poor disabled newspaper “boy” who is in love with a Hanouma, a vivacious soft drink seller working in the Cairo train station. Already engaged to Abu Sri, a porter who is involved in establishing a union for the station’s workers, Hanouma dismisses Qinawia’s advances. Becoming increasingly jealous, Qinawia is inspired by sensational news events about a dismembered woman found in a trunk. A clash of modern and traditional cultures, this is a dark, psychosexual drama that is reminiscent of a Hitchcock thriller, and is, every bit as good (Klaus Ming April 2015).