Sunday, January 9, 2011
Youssef Chahine - El Naser Salah el Dine AKA Saladin and the Great Crusades (1963)
Its story portrays Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding Jerusalem, which is under the authority of the Christians of Europe. After Christians in the holy lands slaughter a group of Muslim pilgrims, Saladin seeks the reclamation of the holy lands in a short, almost impossible campaign. Saladin succeeds in taking back Jerusalem, which leads the powers of Europe to organize the Third Crusade with the combined forces of the French king, German emperor, under the leadership of Richard the Lionheart of England. Saladin succeeds in preventing the recapture of Jerusalem, and in the end negotiations between himself and Richard (whom Saladin admires as the only honorable infidel leader) leave the Holy Land in Muslim hands.
Although the movie has been considered one of the best Arabic and Egyptian film, it has been said that the movie did not achieve great success when it was first released in theaters.