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Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema

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posted on 13.02.2021, 17:15 by Deborah Starr

In this book, Deborah A. Starr recuperates the work of Togo Mizrahi, a pioneer of Egyptian cinema. Mizrahi, an Egyptian Jew with Italian nationality, established himself as a prolific director of popular comedies and musicals in the 1930s and 1940s. As a studio owner and producer, Mizrahi promoted the idea that developing a local cinema industry was a project of national importance. Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema integrates film analysis with film history to tease out the cultural and political implications of Mizrahi’s work. His movies, Starr argues, subvert dominant notions of race, gender, and nationality through their playful—and queer—use of masquerade and mistaken identity. Taken together, Mizrahi’s films offer a hopeful vision of a pluralist Egypt. By reevaluating Mizrahi’s contributions to Egyptian culture, Starr challenges readers to reconsider the debates over who is Egyptian and what constitutes national cinema.


Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema is published in the University of California Series in Jewish History and Cultures.

Funding

Cornell University as part of the TOME initiative

Robert and Meryl Selig Endowment Fund in Film Studies

History

Publication date

2020

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9780520366206

ISBN (PDF)

9780520976122

ISBN (EPUB)

9780520976122

ISBN (Kindle)

9780520976122

Imprint Name

Luminos

Publisher Name

University of California Press

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