Salladin the Victorious

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Al Nasser Salah Ad-Din
Directed by Youssef Chahine
Produced by Youssef Chahine
Written by Mohamed Abdel Gawad
Youssef Chahine (screenplay)
Abderrahman Charkawi (screenplay)
Youssef El Sebai (story)
Naguib Mahfouz (novel)
Ezzel Dine Zulficar
Starring Ahmed Mazhar
Music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Cinematography Wadid Sirry
Release date(s)
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time 145 minutes
Country Egypt
Language Arabic

Saladin the Victorious (Arabic: الناصر صلاح الدين‎, translit. Al Nasser Salah Ad-Din) is a 1963 Egyptian film, written by Youssef El Sebai, based on the novel by Naguib Mahfouz and directed by Youssef Chahine. The film stars Ahmed Mazhar as Saladin, Salah Zulfikar, Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Tewfik El Dekn, Omar El-Hariri, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Leila Fawzi, Hamdi Gheiss, Ahmed Luxor, Nadia Lutfi, Hussein Riad, Laila Taher and Zaki Toleimat. It was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival.[1]

Its story portrays Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding Jerusalem, which is under the authority of the Christians of Europe. After Christians in the holy lands slaughter a group of Muslim pilgrims, Saladin seeks the reclamation of the holy lands in a short, almost impossible campaign. Saladin succeeds in taking back Jerusalem, which leads the powers of Europe to organize the Third Crusade with the combined forces of the French king, German emperor, under the leadership of Richard the Lionheart of England. Saladin succeeds in preventing the recapture of Jerusalem, and in the end negotiations between himself and Richard (whom Saladin admires as the only honorable infidel leader) leave the Holy Land in Muslim hands.


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  1. ^ "3rd Moscow International Film Festival (1963)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 

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