‘Nymphs, Palaces’ Depicts Egyptian History on Small Screen

Published March 3rd, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The historic series Hawari Wa Qusoor (Nymphs and Palaces) which is about the first quarter of the past century focusing on the 1919 revolution led by the Egyptian national hero Saad Zaghlool, achieved a big success among the public and critics. 

The series recently aired by the Egyptian TV was scripted by Mohammed al Gheiti, directed by Ahmed Khader and costarring Nabil al Helfawi, Fardos Abdel Hamid, Yousef Shaaban and Rania Farid Shawqi. 

Gheiti who also scripted the historic series al Aqdar (Destinies) told the daily al Hayat, “There are figures which deserve more than an artwork such as Cleopatra who was depicted by two series in the west. Our Pharoahnic history has been unfairly tackled with very little artwork about it while we pay much attention to our Arab Islamic history. As said, the screenwriter enters the cave penniless but comes out with diamonds. I aspire to present a series on Ahmed Orabi and his friends betrayal and also another one about queen Hatshepsut.”  

The screenwriter who presented two series based on novels by the Noble Prize- winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz and another by Mohammed Galal and other writers added, “hadn’t artwork been transferred to the screen, only few hundreds of book readers would have remained. The evidence on this is the fact that when some writers tried to write scripts, the results were very bad because they were not talented in narration and description because screenwriting is a talent as well as a profession.” 

He added, “The screenwriter should be intellectual because education provides him with an in depth capabilities. There is no doubt that artworks in which prominent scholars and writers participated including Abdel Rahman al Sharqawi, Naguib Mahfouz, Tawfiq al Hakim and Salah Jahin were different from those who were professional screenwriters. Also screenwriters should not surrender to money or stars as every artwork should have its own message because art is a tool for the society to resurrect.” -- Albawaba.com 

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