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The Will (1939 film)

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Director    Kamal Selim
7.6/10 IMDb

Initial release  1939
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Similar movies  The Land (1969), The Leech (1956), The Tough (1957), Leila bint el fukara (1946), Everything Is Fine (1937)

The Will (also known as "Determination" and sometimes "Resolution") Main name: "Al-Azeema" in Arabic) is a 1939 Egyptian, Arabic-language film, directed by Kamal Selim. It is considered one of the greatest Arabic language movies of all time, and has been voted the best Egyptian film of all time by, among other websites and magazines.


Plot Synopsis

A young couple, Muhammad and Fatima, fall in love and get married. However, their bliss is cut short when Muhammad loses his job and is forced to work as fabric salesman, without telling his wife. Some of the neighbors then scheme to get Fatima to see her husband working as a fabric salesman. Things turn around when his reason for dismissal from his old job disappears and he is rehired, and all seems well for the young couple. The film paints a vivid picture of the economic crisis that ravaged Egypt in the 1930s.


  • Hussein Sedki as Mohamed Hanafi
  • Fatma Rouchdi as Fatma
  • Anwar Wagdy as Adly Nazih
  • Abdel Aziz Khalil as El Etre
  • Crew

    Director: Kamal Selim

    Cinematographer: Very Varkash

    Music By: Abdul-Hamid Abdulrahman

    Production Company: Egypt Film Studio

    Portrayal of Slum Life

    The Will was one of the first films to accurately portray the slums of Egypt. It has been praised for its realistic depiction of life in the slums, and the struggles men and women go through within these slums. Released in 1939, The Will has carried on an enduring legacy, due in part to its sympathetic view on the lives of the average Egyptian people, who did not enjoy much luxuries at the time, and who often faced struggles with love and employment similar to the ones faced by the protagonist in the film, making the film a social commentary on its era.

    Critical reception

    The Will is considered by many to be the greatest Egyptian film ever made, and is well respected, not only in Egypt, but in the international cinematic community as well. It was voted the #1 Egyptian film by, and is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.


    The Will is considered one of the first examples, or one of the precursors, of the Italian Neorealism movement in film, which would later expand to include films such as The Bicycle Thief and Pather Panchali.


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