Τρίτη, 8 Ιουνίου 2010

Safar Barlik - The Exile, by Henry Barakat


Directed by Henry Barakat
Phenicia Films
Distrubted by the United Trade and Cinema Company - Fernand Khoury and Nader El Attasy
Written by the Rahbani Brothers
Music and Songs Written by the Rahbani Brothers
Produced by Nader El Attasy
Director of Photography Claude Robin

The film is set around 1914 when Lebanon was under the Ottoman Empire rule. The empire enslaved men to work for free. Abdou goes to get Adla the engagement ring but he's arrested with others and are taken to cut lumber. Meanwhile the Ottomans prevent the wheat from arriving to certain villages because they want to defuse the ongoing resistance operations led by Abou Ahmed. Adla travels to where some say Abdou is held prisoner and she meets with Abou Ahmed. She along other villagers start helping the resistance get the wheat to the people. When they accomplish their mission, Abou Ahmed, freed Abdou and others escape because now they're wanted, but on a promise to return and to continue fighting.
Quick Notes:
Unlike Rings for Sale, this film took full use of the scenery of the countryside in Lebanon. In the credits, it's mentioned that the film was shot on location in as many as eleven towns and villages. The film itself is more complex than Rings for Sale which was originally a musical play. The production value of Safarbarlek is very high and it shows from the re-creation of old cities, costumes, etc. I only had two problems, one was with some parts of the script, for instance how did Abdou know that Adla is at Oum Youssef's when he was trying to escape from the Ottomans the first time?

Things to look for:
1. Ya Tayr and Alamouni are both shot while Fairuz walks down the hills and valleys of the small towns exposing beautiful landscape which is nice to see and kind of authenticate the setting of the film.
Miscellaneous information:
1. Both Assy and Mansour play roles in this film. Assy has a more predominant character. He plays Abou Ahmed, the freedom fighter. Mansour role however is very small. I didn't even get his name in the movie.

1967 / Lebanon
Color / Approx. Time 115 minutes

Credits:
Fairuz ... Adla
Nasri Shameseddine ... Elmoukhtar
Huda ... Zoumorod
Assy Rahbani ... Abou Ahmed
Berj Fazalian ... Re'fat Bek
Salah Tizani ... Abou Darwish
Salwa Haddad ... Oum Youssef
Joseph Nassif ... Elhasoon
Layla Karam ... Zahia
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