Author Archive for: ‘Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman’

Song, Dance, and the Politics of Fanaticism: Youssef Chahine’s Destiny

Abstract: Critics of Youssef Chahine’s 1997 film Destiny assume that its message is that ideas will always trump censorship. Such responses, however, neglect to ask why Chahine chose to make this film a musical of sorts and to what extent the coupling of philosophy with song and dance might work to contest oppressive state and religious power. Song and dance …

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