(KHALI BALAK MIN ZOUZOU)
WATCH OUT FOR ZOUZOU
Romance, Musical and Melodrama | Running Time: 132 minutes
1972 / Arabic dialogue
Country: EgyptDirected by: Hassan Al-Imam
He was a prominent director, born in 1919. His masterpieces include “The Two Orphans” (1948); “People Oppressed Me” (1950); Naguib Mahfouz's “Almidaq Alley” (1963); “Between the Two Palaces” (1964); “Palace of Longing” (1966); and “Alsokkareya” (1973). “Watch Out for Zuzu” (1972) was one of the highest grossing Egyptian films of all time.
ProducerSout El Fen
CastHussein Fahmy, Suad Husni, Tahiyyah Karyuka, Shafik Galal, Samir Ghanem
ScriptwriterHassan El Emam, Salah Gaheen
By day, Zouzou is a serious theatre student at a prestigious Egyptian university, popular with her classmates. By night, she is a talented performer in her mother's belly-dancing troupe, a job seen as so shameful in 1970s Egypt that she knows her professors and fellow students would shun her if they knew about it. When a spiteful love rival reveals Zouzou's secret life, she refuses to be shamed in what becomes a larger story of the clash between tradition and modernity. Hassan al-Imam's classic film, now restored to its full glory, ran for a year in cinemas when released in 1972. The songs and dances that made it so winning, written by poet Salah Jaheen and composer Kamal Al Taweel, are now musical standards throughout the Arab world. However, it was the very modern figure of Zouzou (Soad Hosni, a.k.a the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema")that was the main attraction.