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Friday, January 7, 2011

Alexandria and Cairo 1930 - Egypt

Alexandria and Cairo 1930
A silent movie which is a part of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collection. Producers are named to be Arthur and Kate Tode, an American couple who spent their honeymoon in Egypt. The movie records scenes of Alexandria and Cairo in 1930. Such scenes are considered one of the rarest for those two cities , since I do not know of any comparable footage that survived till today.

The film has shoots of the following locations:
- The trains station in Alexandria (0:00-0:31)
- A remote shoot for Salah Eldin citadel and Mohamed Ali mosque in Cairo (0:32-1:15)
- The Shepered hotel and the street in front of it (1:16-1:40)
- A tour into the bazzars of Islamic Cairo. This is actually the most fascinating part of the movie since it records the reality of the lower class daily life in the most natural and informal way. We are faced by ordinary men , woman and childern going through the streets and looking with some curusioty into the camera of the photographer. Marchents are shown selling their goods and in one shoot a local woman seems to be quarling with the butcher about the wieght of meat! All poeple are dressed in public Egyptian costumes, woman are vialed, some people are shown barefoot and only few persons are wearing European outfits(1:41-7:05)
- More shoots of Mohamed Ali mosque in the citadel from inside (7:06-8:11)
- Amr Bin Alas mosque(8:12-9:37)

- A visit to the Island of Roda where the Nilometer is located (0:28-1:43)
- The site of Memphis with its pharonic monuments(1:44-3:39)
- The Giza plateau and a ride by camels for the tourists(3:40-8:38)
- Several buildings in Helpolios district of Cairo(8:39-9:18)

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