Yousry Nasrallah's Film "Summer Thefts" Book Review by Quality Writers

Yousry Nasrallah's Film "Summer Thefts"
This paper reviews the 1988 Cannes winning film "Sariqat Sayfiyyah" ("Summer Thefts") by Egyptian writer, director and producer, Yousry Nasrallah.
# 100472 | 1,670 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2008 in Film (Artist) , History (Middle Eastern) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper explains that Y. Nasrullah's films typically address some aspect of contemporary Egypt or the Middle East, including issues of leftism and Islamic militancy, and illustrate dimensions of political events and society, which are lesser known or not known to outsiders.
The author points out that "Summer Thefts", set in the summer of 1961, is most worthwhile for its depiction of an Egypt left behind with the arrival of President Nasser's radical agrarian reform agenda that could affect harshly landowning Egyptians and the Westernized bourgeoisie. The paper relates that, above all, this film gives the viewer access to a most varied Egyptian population in keeping with other Middle Eastern powers of which little tends to be known.

From the Paper:

"Between June and September of 1961, Nasser nationalized the major heavy and medium industries, banks, insurance, shipping and public transport industries. Agrarian real estate, domestic trade and small industry were left in the hands of a bourgeoisie whose members would often opt to go elsewhere, much of their capital lost overnight to nationalization of commercial and industrial ventures and without confidence in the Egyptian economy to produce new opportunities or demand. The reader comes to see that families such as Nasrullah's in "Summer Thefts" were not just divided by politics."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gelvin, James L. The Modern Middle East - a History. New York: Oxford U P, 2004.
  • Hardy, Roger. "Regime Changes - 1950s Style." BBC News Middle East. July 25, 2006.
  • Nasrallah, Yousry. Sariqat Sahfiyyah - Summer Thefts. Egypt: Misr, 1988, 102 minutes. Arabic with English subtitles.

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