Midaq Alley

Midaq Alley

Director: Jorge Fons Cast: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Margarita Sanz, Salma Hayek

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This Mexican drama is a faithful adaptation of Nobel-laureate Naguib Mahfouz's novel, only it is set in contemporary Mexico City instead of 1940s Cairo. The film is comprised of three overlapping "chapters" that come together in the fourth chapter. Each segment, centering on a different character, takes place at the same time in a rundown neighborhood. The disparate characters all have one thing in common--none of them get what they want. Chava, the son of tavern-owner Rutilio, wants to go to the US. The fiercely independent and beautiful Alma is thinking about marrying a wealthy shop keeper. The impoverished young barber Abel is in love with Alma. Then there is the spinster Susanita who owns an apartment house and spends her spare time involved in unhealthy love affairs. After killing his father's mistress in a fit of moral outrage, Chava ends up on the lam for two years. Abel takes off for a long time and Alma ends up becoming a drug-addicted prostitute whom Abel cannot save. Susanita gets married to young Guicho and learns that he is robbing her. She is just about to toss him out when she discovers that her really loves her after all.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2018
UPC: 0859686006772
Original Release: 1995
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 54,534

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the Scenes Footage; New essay by Carlos A. Gutierrez, Co-Founder of Cinema Tropical, with intros by Salma Hayek and Jorge Fons

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernesto Gómez Cruz Don Rutilio
Margarita Sanz Susanita
Salma Hayek Alma
Bruno Bichir Abel
Daniel Jiménez Cacho Jose Luis
Juan Manuel Bernal Chava
María Rojo Dona Cata
Delia Casanova Eusebia
Luis Felipe Tovar Guicho
Claudio Obregón Don Fidel
Abel Woolrich Zacarias
Gina Morett Dona Flor
Tiare Scanda Actor
Eseban Soberanes Actor

Technical Credits
Jorge Fons Director
Lucia Alvarez Score Composer,Songwriter
David Baksht Sound/Sound Designer
Vicente Leñero Screenwriter
Carlos Marcovich Cinematographer
Alfredo Ripstein Producer
Carlos Savage Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midaq Alley
255. Chapters
1. Surprise [13:05]
2. Running Errands [13:52]
3. Alma [11:49]
4. The Necklace [12:25]
5. Presents [13:10]
6. The Funeral [12:56]
7. The Letter [11:52]
8. Fortune Telling [12:31]
9. Chava's Return [12:42]
10. Catching Up [13:39]
11. The Party [13:28]
12. Credits [2:37]
13. Chapter 13 [:01]

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