4 February 2013 | macunaima1970
Films are entertainment, not history books
I have to say that I find this small and virtually unknown TV production quite interesting in a variety of ways. First of all, I want to react on the negative responses by some scholars/Historians etc. below.
First of all, film is an interpretation of reality, it is either fictional or it is based on facts, it is not reconstructing reality AS IT WAS (maybe in some Andy Warhol films showing a sleeping man for six hours...). This is a TV production, so they probably used some props from other productions, the costumes, the medals etc. might be not representative for the time, but they are used as symbolic means. And it is funny to have this discussion every time a docu-drama is produced. The interpretation of facts only began with "The Birth of a Nation" by Griffith in 1915 and has not ended with films like "JFK" and "SChindler's List". You can find many pages trashing against historical inaccuracies in these and other films - quite boring as I find. And with the facts - I really don't get this: The film shows the resignment of Nasser, the Jom Kippur War, the peace contract with Israel, and how he died. So what is missing? The secret lovers? (I am joking) Film should give a picture, an imagination, and interpretation of reality. And that really works well here. There are only few films dealing with the near East conflicts of the 60ies to 80ies, and even less where an Arab leader is portrayed as the main protagonist. Something that probably would be impossible in an American production of today. The actors are good (I loved John Rhys-Davies as Nasser, he not only looks like him, but also perfectly copied the manners), the conflicts are well developed, there is a private side to Sadat, the writing is fluid and tight, the music and cinematography are above average TV. And the film gives a very interesting view on the panarabistic tendencies of the 70ies and 80ies, that finally seem to have ended with the Egypt spring in 2011. So I can only recommend this film as a American view on things, as a legit interpretation and dramatization of events. There is also an Egyptian production on Sadat (from 2001): This film may be historically more accurate (I cannot tell), but it is much more boring...