Youssef Chahine

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Youssef Chahine (Arabic: يوسف شاهين‎; 25 January 1926 in Alexandria, Egypt −27 July 2008 in Cairo, Egypt) was an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since 1950. He was credited with launching the career of actor Omar Sharif. A critically acclaimed director frequently seen in film festivals during decades, Chahine also had his reach to wider international filmgoers' audiences as one of the co-directors of 11'9"01 September 11. Chahine was born on 25 Jan. 1926 in Alexandria, Egypt to an Egyptian Catholic family . Although born a Christian, Youssef Chahine was not a believer in organised religion and it was stated that, if asked of his religion, he would reply: Egyptian. Fascinated by the performing arts from an early age, young Chahine began to create shows at home for his family. Chahine began his education at a Frères' school Collège Saint Marc. Growing up, he attended Alexandria's elite Victoria College. In 1946, Chahine convinced his parents to let him travel to Hollywood to study acting, where he attended the Pasadena Playhouse outside of Los Angeles, California. After returning to Egypt, he turned his attention to directing.

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