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Born in Alexandra in Egypt in 1926, Youssef Chahine is the founder of the Egyptian personal film and one of the most important Arab directors. For more than half a century in more than 40 often taboo-breaking films, Chahine has woven together tales and history, often on the basis of his own life. He has received various awards, like in Cannes in 1997 for his life's work.
Ulrich Jobner


El Massir
Direction: Youssef Chahine
Production: Humbert Balsan, Gabriel Khoury
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
Cinematography: Mohsen Nasar
Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
Sound: Annette Dutertre
Cast: Nour el-Cherif, Laila Eloui, Mahmoud Hemeida, Safia el-Emary, Mohamed Mounir
One of the most defiantly visible survivors of the Hollywood Blacklist, Dassin made his stage debut at the age of 25 with the Yiddish Theatre in New York. In Hollywood, Dassin worked his way up to a directorial spot at MGM's short subject unit, where he handled a brilliant 20-minute adaptation of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart (1941). This led to a promotion to features like Nazi Agent (1942), Reunion in France (1942) and The Canterville Ghost (1944) followed by crime classics Brute Force (1947) and The Naked City (1948). Unfortunately, after being identified as a communist, Dassin found himself completely shut out of Hollywood. Then he moved to France, where he helmed one of the most influential "crime caper" movies ever made, Riffi (1954).

He Who Must Die

Celui Qui Doit Mourir
Direction: Jules Dassin
Production: Henri Berard
Screenplay: Ben Barzman, Andre Obey, Jules Dassin
Cinematography: Roger Dwyre, Pierre Gillette
Sound: Pierre-Louis Calvet
Cast: Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Gregoire Aslan, Gert Frobe, Teddy Bilis, Rene Lefevre Lucien Raimbourg, Melina Mercouri, Roger Hanin, Pierre Vaneck

Brute Force

Direction: Jules Dassin
Producer: Mark Hellinger
Screenplay: Richard Brooks
Cinematography: William H. Daniels
Editing: Edward Curtiss
Sound: Charles Felstead, Robert Pritchard
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo
For P N Menon, cinema was life. He spent most of his lifetime in cinema, and various departments of the art. When he leaves the scene, we have lost not only a great director, but also a trendsetting art director and poster designer. He was also instrumental in introducing several artists who made their mark in later decades.
P N Menon's filmmaking career spans more than three decades and 23 films-his most productive years were between 1965 the year in which he made Rosy and 1988, when he made his last significant film, Padippura. In between he made several significant films like Olavum Theeravum, Kuttietathi, Chembarathi, Gayatri, Chayam and Malamukalile Daivam.
C S Venkiteswaran

Olavum Theeravum

Waves and Shore
Direction: P N Menon
Production: P A Backer
Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cinematography: Mankada Ravivarma
Editing: Ravi
Music: Baburaj
Cast: Madhu, Usha Nandini, Nellikkode Bhaskaran, Philomina, Jose Prakash, Paravoor Bharathan, Kunjandi, Pariyanampatta Namboothiri.
Films like Kadapalam, Thurakkatha Vaathil, Achanum Bappayum, Mayiladum Kunnu, Sharapanjaram and Moodupadam can never be erased away from any Malayalee heart, but it should be noted that films were not that successful during that period. K T's contribution to the cinema field ceased with the 1980s when the concept of analogous films became very strong. The concept of the basic theory of the relation between art and society was totally different as far as K T was concerned. In 1961 Kamdambacha Koottu got the merit certificate for the best Malayalam film. He bagged the best National Integration award for his Thurakkatha Vaathil in 1970 and for his Acchanum Bappayum in 1972.
Dr. Umar Tharammel

Achanum Bappayum

Direction: K S Sethumadhavan
Production: M S Productions
Screenplay: K T Muhammad
Cinematography: Namas
Editing: Narayanan P B
Music: Devarajan
Cast: Ummer K P, Vincent, Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair, Adoor Bhasi, Bahadoor, Sreemoolanagaram Vijayan, Jayabharathy, Meena, Philomina
Gopinathan Velayudhan Nair, popularly known as Bharath Gopi (8 November 1937 29 January 2008) was an Indian film actor, producer, and director. He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in Kerala.
He has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam (1977). His well known roles include Aiyappan in Yavanika, Vasu Menon in Palangal, Prof. "Shakespeare" Krishna Pillai in Kattathe Kilikoodu, Dushasana Kurup in Panchavadi Palam, Nandagopal in Ormakkayi, Mammachan in Adaminte Vaariyellu and Krishnan Raju in Aghaat.As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu (1989) and Yamanam (1991). He produced the movie Padheyam (1993) directed by Bharathan. In 1991 the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts.

In Memory Of

Direction: Bharathan
Screenplay: John Paul, Bharathan
Cinematography: Vasanthkumar
Music: Johnson
Cast: Bharat Gopi, Adoor Bhasi, Madhavi, Nedumudi Venu
What makes Raghuvaran unuque and different from the other famous actors is that he never acted theatrically. He was never given to theatre. Most of our famous talented actors render dramatic performances when it comes to film. They are cautious about their walks and steps and they think within the parameters of the stage. So they fear if they take more than the required steps that they would be out of the parameters of the stage. This happens when they think themselves within the frame of the stage. They play their role bearing in mind that the camera is the audience. Even those who have no knowledge about theatre too do the same thing. But for Raghuvaran when it comes to acting there was no stage. His relaxed and effortless restraint acting could bring out the whole essence of meaning which came natural to him.
Lenin Rajendran

Daivathinte Vikrithikal

God's Mischief
Direction, Screenplay: Lenin Rajendran
Cinematography: Madhu Ambat
Music: Mohan Sitara
Cast: Raghuvaran, Sreevidya, Thilakan, Vineeth, Sudheesh, Siddique.
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