The House and its Destruction: The Films of Ali Nassar

Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi

in Palestinian Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634071
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671069 | DOI:
The House and its Destruction: The Films of Ali Nassar

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Ali Nassar's two films, The Milky Way (1997) and In the Ninth Month (2002), are constructed, to a great extent, along familiar lines. The chapter defines them as epigonic films, deriving their plots and styles from contemporary cinema and literature as well as from those of earlier periods, while simplifying them. Thus, the complex, deep, and multidimensional has become simple and flat, the implicit has become explicit, and what, in earlier films, had reflected the place and Zeitgeist has remained here unchanged, even when transferred to a different time and place. The chapter claims that it is precisely because of this characteristic that Nassar's films can serve to illustrate the different periods in Palestinian cinema, both those discussed previously and those to be considered in the following chapters. His films are used here as a reference point both for the examination of what has become commonplace and familiar in Palestinian films, and for the illumination of attempts to renew it.

Keywords: Ali Nassar; contemporary Palestinian cinema and literature; periods in Palestinian cinema

Chapter.  7909 words. 

Subjects: Film

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