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Rashid Jalal

 

 

 

   
 

Rashid Jalal was a pioneer of Syrian cinema.   In 1928, he produced, together with Ahmed Ayoub and Badri Tillo, the first Syrian film, the silent al-Muttaham al-Bari (The Innocent Accused).   Jalal also wrote the script for the film, which was based on the true story of a group of thieves active during the reign of King Faisal.   The film, which was 800 metres in length, took a total of eight months to complete and was released under the banner of Hermon Films, a production company founded by Jalal and his colleagues in Damascus.  The film, which featured Ayyub Badri, Ahmed Tello and Mohamed al-Muradi, received a stormy reception from Muslims because of its use of Muslim women in the cast.   Despite this - and attempts by the ruling French authorities to ban it - the film was a resounding success following its premiere at the Alkuzmowerev cinema on Margays Square in Damascus.

 In 1932 Jalal produced Tahta Sama Dimashq (Under Damascus Skies), which was written and directed by Ismail Anzur.   The film, which was silent, failed at the box office because The Heart Song, the first Arabic talkie had been released in Damascus only two months earlier.   More talking films soon followed, and so public interest in silent films declined dramatically.   In addition, the French authorities banned the film, resulting in losses that forced the production company Helios into liquidation.

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  Sources: Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. Contributors: Oliver Leaman - editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of Publication: London. Publication Year: 2001. Page Number: 390. http://www.cinemasy.com/en/staticpage/details/Organization-History/4 ;http://www.cinemasy.com/en/staticpage/details/Cinema-Syria-History/91
   
   
   
  Filmography
   
Producer:
   
   
1932  
   
  Tahta Sama Dimashq (Under Damascus Skies) [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
1928  
   
  al-Muttaham al-Bari (The Innocent Accused) [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
   
Writer:
   
   
1928  
   
  al-Muttaham al-Bari (The Innocent Accused) [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
   
Cinematographer:
   
   
1928  
   
  al-Muttaham al-Bari (The Innocent Accused) [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

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