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Abdul the Damned (UK, 1935)
Directed by Karl Grune. Cast: Fritz Kortner, Adrienne Ames. "In 1908, Sultan Abdul Hamid rules the Turkish Empire, but he is faced with the threat of revolt by the Young Turk party. He allows Hilmi Pasha, the leader of the Young Turks, to return from exile and form the country's first constitutional government. With tensions still growing, chief of police Kadar Pasha assassinates Hassan Bey, the leader of the Old Turk party, and makes it look as if a Young Turk committed the crime, in order to give Abdul an excuse for arresting the Young Turk leaders. Meanwhile, Abdul becomes infatuated with a visiting Austrian singer. When she rejects his advances, she endangers both herself and her fiancé, a Turkish officer who also knows who really shot Hassan Bey." [IMDB] 111 min. DVD 4118
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Adventure in Sahara (1938)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Paul Kelly, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence, Lorna Gray, Robert Fiske. In this desert adventure, a cruel commander viciously rules a regiment of French foreign legionnaires. They tire of his brutality and rebel, stranding the despot and his few loyal soldiers in the burning sands with a few supplies. The deposed commander, vowing to return to civilization to have his revenge, eventually leads his men back to the lonely outpost and finds it under attack by Arab raiders. The soldiers inside take the leader back and he helps to vanquish the invaders. Later the ring leader of the mutineers is awarded a medal for his courage and then court-martialed for his crime. The leader too gets his just desserts when his second-in-command tells the court of his superior's cruelty. 56 min. DVD X2350
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Adventures In Iraq (1943)
Directed by by D. Ross Lederman. Cast: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Paul Cavanagh. After their small plane runs out of gas, a pilot with the U.S. Flying Tigers and his two civilian passengers are forced to land near a remote area of Iraq populated with fanatic Arab devil worshippers. They come upon the mysterious Kingdom of Ghatsi where a wealthy and sophisticated Sheik welcomes them to his opulent palace. The three American realize, however, that they have become prisoners in the plush castle and that the Sheik is a Nazi collaborator with evil plans for their future. 64 min. DVD X6002
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Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) (Germany, 1927)
Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. DVD 5007; vhs 999:2110
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Bildhauer, Bettina. "Animation and the human between animal and cyborg : Jester Till, Beowulf, The adventures of Prince Ahmed." In: Filming the Middle Ages / Bettina Bildhauer. London : Reaktion Books, 2011 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 B55 2011)
Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

Agony of Byzance (Agonie de Byzance) (France, 1913)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. A fictional film about the fall of Byzantium (Constantinople) in 1453. DVD X2029
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Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures, 1992)
Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker. An animated musical film set in the mythical city of Agrabah, the story follows a street-smart peasant, Aladdin, and his mischievous pet monkey, Abu, through magical adventures. Credits: produced and directed by John Musker, Ron Clements; co-producer, Donald W. Ernst; songs, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Special DVD features: Deleted song "Proud of your boy" performed by Clay Aiken; filmmakers' audio commentary; animators' audio commentary; the art of 'Aladdin'; Alan Menken: musical renaissance man; pop-up fun facts; Disney song selection: sing-along to your favorite songs; "A whole new world" music videos; "A diamond in the rough: the making of 'Aladdin'"; deleted scenes; Disney's virtual DVD ride: Aladdin's Magic Carpet Adventure; Inside the Genie's lamp: never-before-seen 3-D tour; The Genie world tour: a hilarious trip around the world with the Genie; 3 Wishes Game: your fortune, revealed. 90 min. DVD 8430; vhs 999:1719
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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp(1934)
Animated short. Directed by Ub Iwerks. "Aladdin is a slave who has to clean lamps. He rubs a magic lamp, and a genie appears. Wishing himself into the palace, the lad is off to the sultan, and meets a beautiful princess. His evil master tries to steal the lamp, but Aladdin prevails." [Big Cartoon Database] DVD 2354

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp(1939)
Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. "Olive has a job at Surprise Pictures as a script girl when she dreams up a story of Popeye in the Aladdin tale. Popeye is a poor young man tricked by an evil magician who tries to use him to get the lamp. The plot fails, and Popeye uses the lamp to become a prince and woo the princess of old Persia (played by Olive). The magician tricks the princess into giving him the lamp, and takes her for himself. Even Aladdin/Popeye and the genie of the lamp (who looks and sounds like comedian Lew Lehr) are no match for the wicked villain until spinach defeats his evil power, allowing our hero to marry the princess. In the end, Olive's story is rejected by the movie studio, and the dream ends with Olive in a sea of scripts." [Big Cartoon Database] DVD 4860; also DVD 2354

Aladdin, or the Marvelous Lamp(1906)
Directed by L. Nouquet. DVD 1098; vhs 999:1008

Ali-Baba (Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs) (Ali-Baba and the 40 Thieves) (France, 1954)
Directed by Jacques Becker. Cast: Fernandel (Ali-baba), Samia Gamal (Morgiane), Dieter Borsche (Abdul), Henri Vilbert (Cassim), Edouard Delmont (Morgiane's father). In this film adaptation of the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves Ali Baba accidentally discovers the magic cave where Abdul and his band of thieves hide their treasure. He takes enough gold to buy a slave girl from his master to be his wife, but sinister plans are being made to spoil his wedding night. Includes belly dances by women in the marketplace and Cassim's harem. 90 min. vhs 999:3501
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Ali Baba (1963)
Animated short. Directed by Ub Iwerks. Ali Baba senior and his son Ali Baba live in poverty. One day they happen to see the Forty Thieves enter their cave. After the thieves leave, Ali Baba and his son enter the cave and start to fill their pockets with the treasure they find inside. Alas for them, the Forty Thieves return and they are forced to hide in large jars. But of course they are discovered... DVD 2354

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs)(1902)
Directed by Ferdinand Zecca. DVD 1098; Video/C 999:1008
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
Directed by Paul Malvern. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Andy Devine, Fortunio Bonanova, Frank Puglia, Ramsay Ames, Moroni Olsen, Kurt Katch. Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba sets out to avenge his father's murder, reclaim the royal throne and rescue his beloved Amara from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy. 87 min. DVD X6298
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[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves(1937)
Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. "Popeye, Olive and Wimpy crash their airplane in the desert. After a long trek through the desert they arrive in a town which is promptly ransacked by bandit chief Abu Hassan (Bluto) and his forty thieves (Abu's men mumble as they ride and strip everything in sight as they zip by). Olive is pressed into service as a laundress, while Wimpy is tied up and forced to watch Abu Hassan eat. It's Popeye to the rescue, and Abu Hassan proves just as vulnerable to the effects of spinach as are Bluto's other incarnations." [Big Cartoon Database] DVD 4860; also on DVD 2440

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bound(1940)
Animated short. Directed by Bob Clampett. Porky finds out that Ali-Baba and his Dirty Sleeves plan to attack the fort; it's up to him to go warn the fort. He gets there to discover everyone has left for the Legion convention in Boston. Porky and his rented camel fend off the attackers themselves for a while, but when the situation gets dire, the young camel summons its mother. Momma takes care of the attacker that's menacing them. The secret weapon, who has been sitting on the bench with an artillery shell strapped to his head, now comes in, but runs right through the fort and into Ali-Baba. DVD 2440
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[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bunny(1957)
Animated short. Directed by Chuck Jones. Bugs and Daffy are tunneling their way to a vacation spot (with Bugs doing all the work, naturally), when a wrong turn lands them in a cave in the middle of the desert. Daffy's true nature once again shines through when the cave is discovered to be full of treasure. Daffy's glee quickly turns to terror, however, when Hassan the guard (whose only orders are "chop!") catches him with his hands in the gold. DVD X937
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[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Chu Chin Chow (UK, 1934)
Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. (Disc 2): "Ali Baba nights," cut down American version of Chu Chin Chow. 102 min. DVD 4118
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America, America (1963)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam, Estelle Hemsley, Lou Antonio. Elia Kazan's own words begin the saga of young Stavros, who leaves his war-torn homeland behind to begin a new life. With his family's meager fortune and his father's blessing, Stavros encounters both allies and adversaries on a dramatic trek. He ultimately achieves his dream through sheer determination and will, thereby earning his nickname : America America. Combining autobiographical elements with the experiences of his uncle, this is Kazan's most personal film. Kazan sought a non-romantic 'documentary' style and for the first time used a predominantly non-professional cast. 169 min. DVD X5359; vhs 999:1493
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American East(2007)
Directed by Hesham Issawi. Cast: Erick Avari, Tony Shalhoub, Ray Wise. A timely, poignant drama about Arab Americans living in post-9/11 Los Angeles, examining long-held misunderstandings about Arabic and Islamic culture. After the attacks, an Egyptian-born entrepreneur faces the daily challenges of an Arab Muslim living in Los Angeles who hopes to open a restaurant with his Jewish best friend. As Mustafa is met with friction for this unlikely plan, several other stories of adversity in the Arab-American community unfold around him. 111 min. DVD X940
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Amreeka(USA / Canada, 2009)
Directed by Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler, Yussef Abu Warda. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois. 105 min. DVD X2502
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West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "Coming to Amreeka: An Interview with Cherien Dabis." Cineaste; Winter2009, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p22-26, 5p UC users only

Arab Knife Juggler(1894)
Edison. DVD 3552: Disc 1

Arabiantics (1928)
Animated short. Director, Otto Messmer. Felix finds a flying carpet which takes him to Arabia. There, he swaps the rug for a chain of jewels, but must deal with a sultan and his pet rats, who steal the jewels for their harem. DVD 2354; also DVD 8500

Arabian Nights(1942)
Directed by John Rawlins. Cast: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu. Lavish epic of brother fighting brother to win political power and the love of a woman, mesmerizing Scheherazade, the fiery dancing girl who will prove to be one man's downfall and another's greatest reward. 87 min. DVD 8210
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Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

[Arabian Nights] Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed.) (Germany, 1927)
Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. DVD 5007; vhs 999:2110
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Haase, Donald. "The Arabian Nights ,Visual Culture, and Early German Cinema." Fabula, 2004, Vol. 45 Issue 3/4, p261-274, 14p UC users only
Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

Arabian Nights (Fiore delle mille e una notte) (Italy / France, 1974)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Margaret Clementi, Tessa Bouche, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli. The tale follows the adventures of a slave girl as she rises to power over a great city. Around her revolve the stories of magic and lust, mystery and fantasy that derive from three cultures (Persia, Egypt and India) and range from the ninth century to the Renaissance. 133 min. DVD 9161; vhs 999:2239
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Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

[Arabian Nights] Palace of the Arabian Nights (Palais des mille et une nuits)(1905)
Directed by Georges Méliès. A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. 21:05 min. DVD 9625

[Arabian Nights] Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. This blending of melodrama and comedy in the manner of an Arabian nights tale, tells the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant. 85 min. DVD 8873; vhs 999:290
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Haase, Donald. "The Arabian Nights ,Visual Culture, and Early German Cinema." Fabula, 2004, Vol. 45 Issue 3/4, p261-274, 14p UC users only
Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

Arabiantics (1928)
Animated short. Directed by Otto Messmer. Featuring Felix the Cat. Felix finds a flying carpet which takes him to Arabia. There, he swaps the rug for a chain of jewels, but must deal with a sultan and his pet rats, who steal the jewels for their harem. DVD 8500

Ararat (2002)
Directed by Atom Egoyan. Cast: David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Marie-Josee Croze, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinee Khanjian, Elias Koteas, Christopher Plummer. Edward, a veteran filmmaker of Armenian descent, is in Toronto shooting a film about the Siege of Van, which lead to the genocide of over a million Armenian people at the hands of Turkish troops. Raffi has been sent to Turkey to shoot background footage for the film. Raffi's mother Ani, an author and historian, is also involved in the project as a consultant. As Raffi attempts to re-enter Canada with cans of exposed film, he's detained by David, a suspicious customs official who has his own tenuous link to the film. 115 min. DVD 1821
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Arranged (2007)
Directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, Doris Belack, Mimi Lieber, Daniel London, Laith Nakli, Alysia Reiner, John Rothman, Alison Becker, David Castro, Sanuit De Silva, Peggy Gormley, Jason Liebman, Arian Moayed, Jake Robards, Gina Shmukler, Marcia Jean Kurtz. Centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages 89 min. DVD X4097
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Bagdad (1949)
Directed by Charles Lamont. Cast: Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Paul Christian, Vincent Price, John Sutton.. Upon her arrival home, the daughter of an Arabian tribal chieftan learns that her father has been killed by a band of outlaws. Seeking revenge, she attempts to bring the killer to justice while being courted by the Pasha, a corrupt official of the national government. 83 min. vhs 999:3690
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BBQ Muslims; Death Threat
Directed by Zarqa Nawaz. B.B.Q. Muslims (1995, 5 min.) is a satire about two Canadian Muslims' backyard barbecue mishaps, inspired by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that spawned a media frenzy targeted at the North American Muslim community. Death Threat (1997, 19 min.) is a satire about a Canadian muslim woman who has written a novel, and unable to sell it decides to exploit cultural stereotypes of muslims to catch a publisher's eye, but her plan eventually backfires. vhs 999:3288

Beau Geste(1939)
Directed by William Wellman. Cast: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Donal O'Connor, James Stephenson. "Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight, Lady Brandon is forced to sell her most treasured jewel the mighty "Blue Water" sapphire. The household gets it out for one final look, the lights go out and it vanishes stolen by one of the brothers, no doubt. That night, Beau, Digby, and John each "confess" and slip out, John leaving behind Isabel, whom he loves. They all join the Foreign Legion, and Beau and Digby are split from John and put under the command of the ruthless and sadistic Sergeant Markoff. Things begin to get hairy as the rest of the Legionaires plot a mutiny against Markoff, in the midst of an attack by Arab hordes." [IMDB] 114 min. DVD 4754; vhs Video/C 999:752
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Black Sunday (1976)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Bekim Fehmiu. A Black September terrorist group attempts to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the President of the United States in attendance. 143 min. DVD 5871
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Blood Feast (1963)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Thomas Wood, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall. Set in Miami, police are baffled by a series of grisly murders that involve ritualistic dismemberment. A deranged Egyptian caterer name Fuad Ramses goes around hacking up beautiful young gals and brings their body parts back to his temple as an offering to the goddess Ishtar. Special features: Audio commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman ; original theatrical trailer ; rare outtakes ; actors Thomas Wood and Harvey Korman demonstrate how to slice meat in the grisly educational short subject," Carving magic" (20 min.); gallery of exploitation art. 87 min. DVD 4602
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Semmerling, Tim Jon. "Black Sunday: The Loss of Frontier Heroism (1976)." In: "Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: MAIN: PN1995.9.A68 S46 2006)

Body of Lies (1963)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Alon Aboutboul, Simon McBurney. CIA operative Roger Ferris is on a covert mission working in Jordan searching for terrorists who have been bombing civilian targets. Ferris uncovers information on the Islamist mastermind Al-Saleem and devises a plan to infiltrate Al-Saleem's terrorist network with the help of his Langley boss, Ed Hoffman. Ferris enlists the help of the Chief of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Salaam on this operation, but what he is not certain of is how far he can trust him without putting his life in danger. The uneasy alliance leads to a cultural and moral clash between the men. Based on the novel by David Ignatius. 128 min. DVD X1637
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Bosko in Bagdad (1938)
Animated short. Directed by Hugh Harman. Bosko's mammy gives her son a bag of cookies to bring to his grandma. It's the dead of night, and she warns him not to let his imagination go "percolatin.'" But Bosko can't help himself. The sight of a frog, and his wish that a magic carpet would take him to grandma's, set his imagination afire; and soon he's in Baghdad with giant jazz-playing frogs, who try to steal his cookies. They tempt him with watermelon, they threaten him with castor oil. But Bosko gets the better of these thieving frogs and escapes from his imaginary Baghdad. 10 min. vhs 999:2141
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Casting Calls
Does Hollywood's portrayal of villains reinforce racial stereotypes or does the industry give the public what it wants? This program explores the history of film's ethnic "bad guy," looking at sociopolitical and economic forces that create, perpetuate and rehabilitate these characters. Special attention is paid to current depictions of Muslims onscreen. Originally produced in 2001 by Discovery Communications, Inc. "Discovery Channel University". c2004. 47 min. DVD 3746

Chu Chin Chow (UK, 1934)
Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. 102 min. DVD 4118
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Crash (2004)
Directed by Paul Haggis. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. 113 min. DVD 4298
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Detroit Unleaded(2007)
Directed by Rola Nashef. Cast: Lamar Babi, Abe Khalil, Salaam Fadlallah, Mary Assel. Behind the bulletproof glass works Sami, a young Arab-American who believes his family's Detroit gas station will give him a chance to see his girl Naj, away from the pressures of their family and friends, while his cousin Mike is sure the station holds the key to an empire built on rolling papers and fake perfume. 20 min. DVD 9221
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Egypt Us (1960)
Animated short. Directed By Tom McDonald. Thinking that they are going to the beach at Coney Island, Popeye, Olive Oyl and Wimpy take a wrong turn en route (Olive reads the map wrong), and they end up in the Egyptian desert. ...Deciding to go no further, they start a fire to cook hamburgers while Olive goes off to find the ocean. She finds a cave and is captured by some natives. The cult of locals make Olive their queen- so that they can sacrifice her!!!! Popeye is jumped by Egyptians and carried through a secret entrance in the Sphinx. He discovers that Olive has been made a desert goddess. Popeye tries to get Olive to leave, but she loves her new position. When she discovers what they have in mind, Popeye tries to save Olive from them and the picnic lunch (hamburgers) from Wimpy. There follow actions with mummies, daddies and a few crocodiles. However, Popeye saves Olive and returns to the picnic to find that Wimpy has eaten everything." [Big Cartoon Database] DVD 2750

Egyptian Fakier with Dancing Monkey(Edison, 1903)
The fakir with his trick monkey is seated on the pavement in a street in Cairo. He plays a tom-tom, while the monkey dances the couchee-couchee. The movements of the monkey are very comical. (Taken on the winter cruise of the S. S. "Auguste Victoria" of the Hamburg-American Line, leaving New York on 03 Feb 1903.) DVD 3552: Disc 1

Egyptian Melodies (1931)
Animated short. A spider descends into the sphinx; we follow behind it in a fairly impressive tracking shot. It reaches the central chamber and the mummies come to life and dance, as do the soldiers and royalty drawn on the wall. This includes a spirited chariot race. All the activity ultimately scares the spider, and it runs out. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. Walt Disney Studios. DVD 8500

The Egyptian Mummy (1914)
Directed by Lee Beggs. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Lee Beggs, Joel Day. In order to make money, a man hires a bum to pretend to be a mummy, so he can sell the "body" for scientific experiments. DVD 8450

Ella Lola's Turkish Dance (1898)
DVD 7983

Eyes of the Mummy (Die Augen der Mumie Ma: Drama in 4 Akten) (Germany, 1918)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Max Laurence (Furst Hohenfels), Harry Liedtke (Albert Wendland, ein Maler), Emil Jannings (Radu, ein Araber), Pola Negri (Ma). Albert Wendland, a young painter studying in Egypt, vists the forbidden tomb of Queen Ma, where it is said that anyone who enters meets with disaster at the hands of the evil mummy. Instead, Wendland finds a beautiful woman, Mara, who is held prisoner by the evil Radu. He rescues her and takes her to his European home, where they are soon married, but the tragic curse of the mummy still hangs over her head. 88 min. DVD 6484; vhs 999:3738
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Felix in Egypt (1959)
Animated short. After twenty years, Felix is back! And now, he has a bag of tricks. This bag is the what the Professor and his assistant Rock Bottom are after, but Felix never fails in foiling them. DVD 8653

Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (The Story of Little Mook) (East Germany, 1953)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. Cast: Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Trude Hesterberg, Alwin Lippisch, Silja Lesny, Charles Hans Voigt, Werner Peters, Gerhard Hansel.A little boy, Muck, is banished from his home but meets a wondrous old woman who gives him magic racing slippers and a wand with which to hunt up hidden treasures. Convinced that he has found his fortune, Muck sets out for the Sultan's court where he is soon made the chief bursar. But Muck's career evokes much envy among the courtiers, so with a bit of magic, he has their heads fitted with donkey's ears. He also helps Prince Hassan find his beloved Amarza, the Sultan's daughter. In German without titles. PAL format. 96 min. Video/C 7258
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The Golden Blade(1953)
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans, George Macready, Kathleen Hughes, Steven Geray, Edgar Barrier, Alice Kelley. "Harum (Rock Hudson) is a fearless man of the people who comes to Bagdad to avenge the murder of his father and meets Krairuzan (Piper Laurie), a princess disguised as a commoner, working against a plot by a band of evil schemers trying to do away with her father, the Caliph. She gives Harum a golden sword which, in his hands, makes him invincible. Harum uses the sword in the name of justice and is doing quite well until a duplicate sword is placed in his scabbard during one of his off-guard moments, and he winds up in chains." [Internet Movie Database] 81 min. DVD 8144
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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Directed by Gordon Hessler. Cast: Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw. Sinbad the sailor finds a strange map and sets sail for a previously uncharted island where he crosses swords with an evil magician who brings inanimate objects to life to oppose Sinbad in his quest. 105 min. DVD 3397
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)

Hare-abian Nights (1959)
Animated short. Directed by Ken Harris. Intending to go to Perth Amboy, Bugs misses a left turn at Des Moines and tunnels into an audition at the Sultan's palace. The Sultan (who looks just like Yosemite Sam) has a crocodile pit ready to receive the talent he rejects. The Timbuc Three Plus 2, a Dixieland quintet, gets dropped, as does an Elvis Presley clone (singing "You ain't nothing but a hound camel"). To save his fur, Bugs offers a trio of tall tales. The last, involving his triumph over Yosemite Sam, displeases the Sultan greatly. DVD 8510

Hollywood Harems.
This documentary examines Hollywood stereotypes of the East, with particular attention paid to the Middle East and the depiction of women of the East. Juxtaposing film clips from the 20s through the 80s, the filmmaker argues these fantasies have worked both to shape and reinforce often derogative assumptions about the peoples of the East while at the same time reinscribing the moral, spiritual, and cultural supremacy of the Anglo-European West. 1999. 25 min. DVD X6708; Video/C 7079

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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Director, Vadim Perelman. With Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Navi Rawat, Carlos Gomez. Two strangers with conflicting pursuits of the American Dream engage in a fight for their hopes at any cost. What begins as a struggle over a rundown bungalow spirals into a clash that propels everyone involved toward a shocking resolution. 126 min. DVD 2562
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In the Name of God (Khuda kay liye) (Pakistan, 2007)
Directed by Shoaib Mansoor. Cast: Shan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Austin Sayre, Larry Neumann, Jr. Drama set on three continents confronts the difficult situation of Pakistani Muslims caught up in the conflict within the Muslim community between liberals and fundamentalists. Mansoor goes to music school in Chicago, but after 9/11, he is captured by FBI agents and is incarcerated and tortured for two years. In England, Mariam has been raised as a "free woman." Her father tricks her into returning to Pakistan where she is forcefully married to her cousin, an Islamic fundamentalist. British authorities rescue her and she devotes her life to raising girls to live "free" in Pakistan. 166 min. DVD X2308
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Indiana Jones
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Directed by Steven Spielberg. 115 min. Video DVD 4610; also VHS 999:1284
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Directed by Steven Spielberg.126 min. DVD 4612; also VHS 999:1286
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Directed by Steven Spielberg. DVD 4611

Featuring the indespensible, treacherous Arab hordes and villains (see notes for Lawrence of Arabia)

Kotwal, Kaizaad. "Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Virtual Reality: The Orientalist and Colonial Legacies of Gunga Din." Film Journal, vol. 1, no. 12, pp. [no pagination], Spring 2005
Postone, M.; Traube, E. "The return of the repressed."Jump Cut nr 30 (Mar 1985); p 12-14 Examines how the racist and sexist ideology of the film is produced.

Insultin' the Sultan (1934)
Animated short. Director, Ub Iwerks. Willie Whopper is telling his friend about the time he went to Constantinople with his girlfriend. As they approached an auction block selling dancing girls, the Sultan decided that Willie's girlfriend was the one he wanted and carried her off. The bulk of the cartoon is about Willie's efforts to rescue her and the obstacles he confronts along the way. DVD 2354; also DVD 2750
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Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Director, Lawrence Teague. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny De Vito, Spiros Focas, Avner Eisenberg. When bored author Joan gets an offer from a certain Omar to come write up his pending coronation, she takes off for the Middle East...and winds up in prison. Meanwhile, her friend Jack decides to hunt down a jewel in Omar's neck of the desert accompanied by his old nemesis Ralph. While Joan and a Holy Man are escaping from prison, Jack and Ralph head their way, and soon all four are making a run through uncharted sands in the African desert to save their lives. 106 min. DVD X2591; vhs 999:2059
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Shaheen, Jack G. "The Hollywood Arab (1984-1986)." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter87, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p148-157, 10p UC users only
White, Mimi. "Representing romance: reading/writing/fantasy and the "liberated" heroine of recent Hollywood films" Cinema Journal, 1989, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p41-56, 16p. UC users only

The Kingdom (USA / Germany, 2007)
Directed by Peter Berg. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman, Jeremy Piven. A terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, causing an international incident to ignite. FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Fleury and his team discover that the Saudi authorities are suspicious and unwelcoming of the Americans into what they consider a local matter. The agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts. Luckily, the agents find a partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi, who helps them navigate royal politics and helps unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. Special features: Deleted scenes; character-by-character; the apartment shootout; constructing the freeway sequence; creating The Kingdom; history of The Kingdom: an interactive timeline; feature commentary with director Peter Berg. 110 min. DVD 9284
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Aguayo, Michelle. "Representations of Muslim Bodies in The Kingdom: Deconstructing Discourses in Hollywood." Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p41-56, 16p
Carter, Sean; Dodds, Klaus. "Hollywood and the 'war on terror': genre-geopolitics and 'Jacksonianism' in The Kingdom." Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, Feb2011, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p98-113, 17p UC users only
Cohen, David S. "The Kingdom" Script , Sep/Oct2007, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p38-45, 8p UC users only
Dodds, Klaus. "Hollywood and the Popular Geopolitics of the War on Terror." Third World Quarterly, Dec2008, Vol. 29 Issue 8, p1621-1637, 17p UC users only
Eagan, Daniel. "Kingdom of Chaos." Film Journal International, Sep2007, Vol. 110 Issue 9, p10-12, 2p UC users only
Greenen, Kathryn. "The Kingdom." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p94, 5pUC users only
Jiwani, Yasmin; Dakroury, Aliaa. "Veiling Differences -- Mediating Race, Gender, and Nation." Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p1-6, 6p
Shaheen, Jack. "Stereotypes Reign in 'The Kingdom' Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Dec2007, Vol. 26 Issue 9, p71-71, 1p

Kismet (1955)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone, Monty Woolley, Sebastian Cabot, Jay C. Flippen, Mike Mazurki, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia. Choreography, Jack Cole. This lush musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet and his daughter cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, and a magical curse. Special features: Film short "The battle of Gettysburg," cartoon "The first bad man," MGM parade tv series excerpts, song outtakes, and theatrical trailers. 113 min. DVD 9894
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Ko-Ko's Harem Scarem (1929)
Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animated short. An Arabian Nights potentate receives at last the magical bottle he desires...an inkwell from which Koko and Fitz emerge for adventures in the Sultan's harem. 8 min. vhs 999:3701

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Director, David Lean. Cast: Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains. The story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obsurity. " The Arab as Unruly Child. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) remains the best-known example of the Arab as a political naif in need of tutelage from a wiser Westerner, often adorned in Arab garb -- a better Arab than the Arabs themselves (see Indiana Jones I and III). Remove that "guidance," and get the chaos of Lawrence's end: Arab leaders at one another's throats in a scene reminiscent of the depiction of black politicians in the racist Birth of a Nation." (Quinn, Michael. "Where Have You Gone, Omar Sharif?" Time v144, n6 (August 8, 1994):19) 216 min. DVD 666; VHS 999:382
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Little Beau Porky (1936)
Animated short. Directed by Frank Tash[lin]. Porky's in the foreign legion. But he's not allowed to fight; all he can do is scrub camels, and he's not particularly good at that. The other soldiers ride off to find the evil Ali Mode, leaving Porky behind. Ali Mode notices, and tries to gain entrance to the fort, first by tricking Porky, then by tunnelling, then by military assaults, but Porky rebuffs all attempts, ultimately landing Ali Mode in a big vat of "Cairo Syrup" and collecting a chestful of medals. DVD 7359
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Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Director, George Roy Hill. Cast: Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski. Charlie is a repertory actress and Palestinian sympathizer thrust into the world of international espionage. The cunning head of an Israeli counterspy group sees Charlie's politics and romantic vulnerability as the perfect trap for their quarry, the elusive Palestinian terrorist Khalil. Based on the book by John Le Carré. 130 min. DVD X4498; vhs 999:2164
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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
Director, Albert Brooks. Cast: Albert Brooks, John Carroll Lynch, Sheetal Sheth, Jon Tenney, Fred Dalton Thompson, Amy Ryan. In this offbeat satiric comedy, the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh, but Brooks' activities lead to many political and cultural misunderstandings. 130 min. DVD 1286
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Lost Command (1966)
Director, Mark Robson. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal, Michele Morgan, Maurice Ronet, Claudia Cardinale. After Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy leads his defeated and humiliated French army out of Indochina, he learns that he's been relieved of all command. A French Countess finagles a new position for him in Algeria and he persuades two wartime buddies to join him in shaping up a rag-tag unit. Raspeguy is forced to confront an Arab terrorist and launches a bloody battle against Segal's rebel forces. 130 min. DVD 1286
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Lost in a Harem (1944)
Director, Charles Reisner. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell, John Conte, Douglass Dumbrille, Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra. Peter Johnson and Harvey Garvey, bumbling magicians stranded in the desert domain of Barabeeha, are asked by handsome prince Ramo to help him regain his throne from wicked Uncle Nimativ. This perilous task takes them deep inside the sultan's inner sanctum, where the madcap adventure really begins. 89 min. DVD 7449
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The Lost Patrol (1934)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale, J.M. Kerrigan, Billy Bevan. A tense drama about British cavalryman lost in the Mesopotamian desert during World War I who are pursued constantly by Arab sharpshooters ("sneaky Arabs, those dirty, filthy swine"). When the leader of the patrol is killed, McLaglen takes charge of the eleven ragged survivors. This film established John Ford's reputation as a director internationally. 72 min. DVD 5643
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Konzett, Delia. "War and Orientalism in Hollywood Combat Film." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Oct-Dec2004, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p327-338, 12p UC users only

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The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob) (France / Italy, 1973)
Director, Gerard Oury. Cast: Louis De Funès, Marcel Dalio, Suzy Delair. Victor Pivert, a blustering, anti-Semitic French factory owner en route to his daughter's wedding, unwittingly stumbles on a group of Arab terrorists. After Victor is captured and escapes, he hides himself by dressing up as a rabbi, leading to one madcap situation after another. 100 min. DVD 2478
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Man Push Cart (2005)
Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Cast: Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera. Every night while the city sleeps, Ahmad, a former rock star in his native Pakistan, drags his heavy cart along the streets of New York. Every morning, he sells coffee and donuts to a city he cannot call his own. One day the pattern of this harsh existence is broken by a glimmer of hope for a better life. Special features: Audio commentary with director Ramin Bahrani, cinematographer Michael Simmonds, assistant director Nicholas Elliott and actor Ahmad Razvi; original theatrical trailer; "Bad reception" with Lisa Bonet, short film by the director; "Dogs," short film by the director. 87 min. DVD X1629
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Mickey In Arabia (1932)
Directed by Wilfred Jackson. Walt Disney Studios. Animated short featuring characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pegleg Pete. While on vacation in Arabia, Sultan Pete kidnaps Minnie for his harem. Included in anthology Mickey Mouse in Black and White DVD 3287

Mooz-lum (2010)
Directed by Qasim "Q" Basir. Cast: Evan Ross, Danny Glover, Nia Long, Dorian Missick. Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Muslim-American Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family, and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life. 100 min. DVD X6079
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The Mummy (1932)
Directed by Karl Freund. Cast: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Bramwell Fletcher, Arthur Byron, Edward Van Sloan. A mummy is accidentally revived after 3,700 years by a British archeology team. Dressed in the garb of a modern-day Egyptian, he sets out to find his lost love, terrorizing the members of the expedition who must find a way to stop him. 74 min. DVD 520; VHS 999:2860
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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Director, Norman Foster. Cast: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John King, Iva Stewart. Chinese-American detective Mr. Moto heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. 63 min. DVD 7543
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The Mummy (1999)
Director, Stephen Sommers. Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin J. O'Connor. As punishment for killing Pharaoh Seti and sleeping with his mistress, Egyptian priest Imhotep was mummified alive and cursed. But in 1923 he is inadvertently resurrected by treasure hunters and must be stopped before he can wreak his final vengeance on the world. 125 min. DVD 2095
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Kearly, Peter. "Could "Mummy" be funny without the Arab stereotypes?" Michigan Citizen 5/22/1999 V.XXI; N.25 p. B2 UC Berkeley users only
Shaheen, Jack G. "The Mummy Returns"--Along With the Usual Despicable Stereotypes of Arabs." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2001 v20 i5 p105UC Berkeley users only

A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross. Cast: The Marx Brothers, Charles Drake, Lois Collier, Lisette Verea, Sig Ruman. Its the Nazis vs. the nutsies as The Marx Brothers ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel. 85 min. DVD 2663
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One Arabian Night (Sumurun) (Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. "The richness of Max Reinhardt's stage direction of Friedrich Feska's play, THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, is transferred and adapted to the screen by Reinhardt's protege Ernst Lubitsch who, in his final acting performance, as the hunchback clown Buckliger, heads a sterling internationally flavored cast which he directs with his customary vigor in this German production, one of the last films made by Lubitsch in Europe. Upon the stage a masque, SUMURUN is remedied by Lubitsch of its static quality as he prescribes a non-stop folly of exuberance which the polyglot players are quite capable of providing, in particular Paul Wegener (Germany), Pola Negri (Poland), Aud Egede Nissen (Norway) and Jenny Hasselqvist (Sweden), each of whom performs strongly and adds lagniappes of interpretation to the scenario of Hans Kraly. Lubitsch, a veteran of the Yiddish stage, generally as Meyer the Jew, is a clear guide to his actors in this melodramatic tale of a sheikh (Wegener) who desires to add an itinerant dancing girl (Negri) to his harem because of his dissatisfaction with his principal houri (Hasselqvist) who in turn desires a young wandering merchant with whom she shares a strong physical attraction. Buckliger is in love with the gypsy dancer, but the mulatta role portrayed by the diminuitive Negri is one who has learned to trust only the adornments of wealth and is therefore most willing to become a harem resident, a prospect which she finds most cordial although, of course, many complications come about involving, among others, the son of the sheikh. Lubitsch's unique style, which incorporates the frequent use of innuendo, found favor in Hollywood, principally with Mary Pickford who, because of her viewing of SUMURUN, was able to entice the director to the United States, bringing Negri with him, as they had shared many Continental successes, and after her career was macerated by her emotional excess and strong accent, the director continued on to great acclaim, praised for his "Lubitsch touch". This touch is in evidence in this silent German film as it continued to be in his subsequent English language efforts and is essentially the conjugating of the lashes of one eye." [Internet Movie Database] 85 min. DVD 8873; vhs Video/C 999:290
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Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

Palace of the Arabian Nights (Le palais des mille et une nuits)(France, 1905)
Directed by Georges Méliès. A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. 21:05 min. DVD 9625

Popeye Meets Ali Baba (1937)
Animated short. See Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves DVD 4860; also on DVD 2440

Popeye Meets Sinbad (1936)
Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. After sending his giant bird, Rokh, to wreck Popeye's boat and kidnap Olive Oyl, Sindbad forces Olive to dance for him by firing buckshot at her feet with a pea-shooter. Popeye attempts to rescue her while J. Wellington Wimpy follows a duck around with a meat-grinder. After Popeye disposes of Rokh and Sindbad's two-headed, Yiddish-accented giant, Boola, it's a battle to the "finich" between the two legendary sailors. DVD 4860; also on DVD 9503
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Porky in Egypt (1938)
Directed by Bob Clampett. Animated short. Porky is a tourist. He's missed the main camel, so he rents one of his own. Both of them are soon overcome by the hot desert sun; the camel starts hallucinating, and marches off, playing the bagpipes. Porky sees the camel swimming in a pool, but it turns out to be a mirage. The camel eventually recovers enough to bring both of them back to town, where Porky goes mad. DVD 4875

Princess Ali, Egyptian Dance(Edison, 1895)
Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's circus, performs an Egyptian dance in the Edison Company's studio. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment. DVD 3552: Disc 1

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Throughout its history Hollywood has portrayed Arabs as buffoons or bandits. This documentary seeks to rectify this sterotyping by comparing it to other forms of racist imagery in motion pictures and mass media by suggesting alternative narratives that treat the Arabs as human beings, not demons. Based on the book of the same title by Jack Shaheen (MAIN: PN1995.9.A68 S54 2001; PFA : PN1995.9.A68 S54 2001). Directed by Sut Jhally. 2006. 50 min. DVD 6553

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Rendition
Directed by Gavin Hood. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Omar Metwally, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard, Yigal Naor, Moa Khouas, Zineb Oukach, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep. The policy of "extraordinary rendition" began under the Clinton administration and accelerated after September 11, 2001. The policy allows for the handing over of suspected terrorists to countries that use torture as an interrogation tool. Anwar El-Ibrahimi is an Egyptian-born man who disappears on a flight from Africa to Washington, DC. He is sent to a North African country where torture is practiced and the CIA gives approval. Anwar's pregnant American-born wife wants to know what happened to her husband. A reluctant CIA agent begins to question his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation. A severe interrogator plys his trade on Anwar while a U.S. terrorism honcho is willing to turn a blind eye to the unpleasantness, especially if it stops a terrorist attack. Special features: "Outlawed" ; Intersections: the making of Rendition ; deleted/alternate scenes ; feature audio commentary with director Gavin Hood ; theatrical trailer ; sneek peaks. 120 min. DVD 9497
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The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross. Cast: Ruhel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, Shafiq Rasul, Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddqui, Arfan Usman. Four British muslims travel to Pakistan for a holiday and a wedding but become involved with the American forces fighting terrorism. This is the true story of the plight of a group of friends who later became known as the Tipton Three, who experienced first hand the conditions in Guantanamo Bay after being held for two years until they were released without charge. 95 min. DVD 6477
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Road to Morocco (1942)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn. The lone survivors of a ship wrecked in the Mediterranean, our heroes find themselves in the company of a Moroccan Princess Shalimar (Lamour), who has purchased Bob and plans to make him her husband. This would be swell except for the jealousy of nasty Sheik Mullay Kassim. This is the third "Road" picture of the Hope and Crosby comedy team. 82 min. DVD X1028; vhs 999:2039
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Rules of Engagement (2000)
Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones; Samuel L Jackson; Guy Pearce. Colonel Terry Childers is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers, only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges a military lawyer of questionable abilities.... 127 min. DVD 2390
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Deep, Kim "Deconstructing Hollywood: negative stereotyping in film." (media section)Women in Action, Dec 2002 i3 p57(3) UC users only
Glidden, Kim. "Arab Stereotypes in American Cinema: An Examination of Hollywood's Racial Injustice in 'Rules of Engagement'." Xchanges, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. [no pagination], September 2004.
"Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Speaks out Against Racial Stereotyping: "The Film Rules of Engagement Defames Arabs and Muslims," Says Jackson." Chicago Citizen 5/4/2000 V.35; N.4 p. 3 See Ethnic NewsWatch
"Yemenis 'slandered' by new movie." (Brief Article) MEED Middle East Economic Digest May 12, 2000 v44 i19 p24 (201 words)

Sahara (1943)
Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges, Dan Duryea, Rex Ingram. An explosive war story about a ragtag battalion stranded in the great African desert, after the fall of Tobruk during World War II. 98 min. DVD 5875
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The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher, Richard Eyer. Sinbad a bold sailor and prince of Baghdad, sets out for the mysterious island of Colossa where he hopes to obtain the egg of a roc--a fierce, giant bird. The egg will help restore to normal size the Princess Parisa who has been reduced to the size of a man's thumb by the evil magician, Sokurah. On Colossa, Parisa liberates the Genie of the magic lamp and together, Sinbad, Parisa and the Genie battle a man-eating cyclops, a two-headed roc, a fire-breathing dragon and a skeleton brought to life by Sokurah. All of these creatures must be defeated before Parisa can be restored. 94 min. DVD 3395; vhs 999:3632
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)

The Sheik(1921)
Directed by George Melford. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Adolph Menjou. A desert sheik kidnaps an English girl and holds her captive. Later an evil Arab abducts her. When the sheik rescues her, she admits that she loves him and they are married. Based on the novel by Edith M. Hull; adaptation by Monte M. Katterjohn. 79 min. DVD 1283; vhs 999:1969
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Sardar, Ziauddin; Davies, Merryl "Freeze Framing Muslims." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Jul2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p239-250, 12p UC users only

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The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montague Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Binunsky Hyman. A sheik's son is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl, they fall in love, and ride off into the sunset together. 68 min. DVD 1283
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National Film Registry Selection

Sheik to Sheik (1936)
Directed by Roy Mack. A radio salesman gets knocked out by a golf ball and dreams he's in the desert where he sells radios to sheiks. 22 min. Included on DVD 4252
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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton. Sinbad, daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets out to do battle with a Minaton, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte and other assorted creatures in a quest designed to win the hand of a beautiful princess. 114 min. DVD 3396
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)

Sinbad the Sailor (1935)
Animated short. Directed by Ub Iwerks. Sinbad battles a band of pirates at sea and on a tropical isle. A giant bird rescues him, and he ends up back on his ship with the pirates' treasure. DVD 2354; also on vhs 999:2856
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The Siege (1998)
Directed by Edward Zwick. Cast: Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila, David Proval. The United States government abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law. Now it's up to FBI agent Hubbard and U.S. Army General Devereaux to find out who's responsible and to put an end to the destruction. Together, they face explosive danger at every turn in an all out war against ruthless terrorists. 116 min. DVD 1206
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Deep, Kim "Deconstructing Hollywood: negative stereotyping in film." (media section) Women in Action, Dec 2002 i3 p57(3)UC users only
Hall, Alice. "Film Reviews and the Public's Perceptions of Stereotypes: Movie Critics' Discourse about the Siege." Communication Quarterly, Vol. 49, Iss. 4; p. 399 (25 pages) UC users only
Jones, Arthur "Stereotyping and double standards in 'Hollywood Islam'." National Catholic Reporter. Nov 20, 1998. Vol. 35, Iss. 5; p. 17 (1 page)
Muravchik, Joshua. "Terrorism at the Multiplex." Commentary Jan 1999 v107 i1 p57(1) (2743 words) UC users only
Shehadeh, Michel. "Movie prompts outcry at stereotypes." Arab American News 9/11/1998 V.XIV; N.668/669 p. 4
Wilkins, Karin and Downing, John. "Mediating terrorism: Text and protest in interpretations of The Siege." Critical Studies in Media Communication. Dec 2002. Vol. 19, Iss. 4; p. 419 UC users only

Son of Ali Baba (1952)
Directed by Kurt Neumann. Cast: Cast: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot, William Reynolds, Victor Jory, Morris Ankrum. In this swashbuckling adventure, Ali Babi sends his son Kashma to military school to prepare him for the challenges ahead. Meanwhile an evil Caliph kidnaps an Arabian princess as part of his plan to steal Ali Baba's treasure. When Kashma learns of the plot he and his buddies pick up their swords to save her and retrieve his father's stolen treasure. 138 min. DVD 5765
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Sorcier arabe (Arab Sorcerer) (France, 1906)
Directed by Segundo de Chomón. A sorcerer draws signs on the sand making charming young women. 2:45 min. DVD 4651

The Sultan's Wife(1917)
Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Bobby Vernon. On a sailing trip, sweethearts Bobby and Gloria arrive in a very sinister-looking India, where an evil rajah attempts to force Gloria into his harem. DVD X353
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Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. This blending of melodrama and comedy in the manner of an Arabian nights tale, tells the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant. 85 min. DVD 8873; vhs 999:290
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Syriana (2005)
Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Mazhar Munir, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Alexander Siddig. As a career CIA operative, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies. Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world. Based on the book entitled "See no evil," by Robert Baer. 138 min. DVD 5765
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Beck, Bernard. "A Hill of Beans in This Crazy World: Personal Scruples and Global Realities in Syriana, The Constant Gardener, and Munich." Multicultural Perspectives, 2006, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p25-28, 4p UC users only
Dickstein, Morris. "The Politics of the Thriller." Dissent , Spring2006, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p89-92, 4p UC users only
Fuller, Graham E. "Will Groundbreaking Movies Move the Middle East?" NPQ: New Perspectives Quarterly, Spring2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p31-33, 3p UC users only
Gilbey, Ryan. "Syriana." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 4 (April 2006) p. 72, 74-5UC users only
Hamid, R. "Lord of War; Syriana." Cineaste v. 31 no. 2 (Spring 2006) p. 52-5UC users only
Jaafar, A. "Interview: Ali Jaafar talks to Stephen Gaghan." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 18-20 UC users only
Katz, Wallace. "Hollywood Rarity: Imperialism Unmasked." New Labor Forum, Fall2006, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p107-112, 6p UC users only
Krajnc, Anita; Wartel, Larry; Jacobs, Kellee A. "Epocalypse Now." Alternatives Journal, Oct2006, Vol. 32 Issue 4/5, p28-32, 4p UC users only
Pomerance, Murray. "Baghdad Bad." Film International, Oct2009, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p27-49, 23p
Shaheen, Jack. "Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood's "Munich" and "Syriana"." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Mar2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p73-73, 1p

The Terrible Turkish Executioner (Le Bourreau turc) (1904)
Directed by Georges Méliès. DVD 9625
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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Julanne Johnston, Sojin, Snitz Edwards, Anna May Wong. Silent with musical accompaniment. A carefree pickpocket meets and falls in love with a beautiful princess, and competes with the most wealthy and eligible princes of the the Orient for her hand. There's magic in many of the effects that were created for this film, a milestone for its day. 138 min. DVD 114; VHS 999:1721
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Cornell, Daniell. "Stealing the spectacle: gay audiences and the queering of Douglas Fairbanks's body." Velvet Light Trap nr 42 (Fall 1998); p 76-90
Eisele, John C. "The Wild East: Deconstructing the Language of Genre in the Hollywood Eastern." Cinema Journa Vol. 41, No. 4 (Summer, 2002), pp. 68-94 UC users only
Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures Volume 7, Number 2 / July 2004 Pages: 223 - 233 UC users only
Kelly, Kathleen Coyne. "Medieval times : bodily temporalities in The thief of Bagdad (1924), The thief of Bagdad (1940), and Aladdin (1992)." In: Hollywood in the Holy Land : essays on film depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim clashes / edited by Nickolas Haydock and E.L. Risden. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 H65 2009)
Moen, Kristian. "'The well-organized splendor of a growing culture': Sites of fantasy and The Thief of Bagdad." Early Popular Visual Culture, Feb2010, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p63-73, 11p UC users only
Pomerance, Murray. "Baghdad Bad." Film International ; Oct2009, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p27-49, 23p UC users only
Shrock, J. "Desperate deeds, desperate men: Gender, race, and rape in silent feature films, 1915-1927." Journal of Men's Studies; 1997, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p69-89, 21p UC users only
Sardar, Ziauddin; Davies, Merryl "Freeze Framing Muslims." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Jul2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p239-250, 12p UC users only

The Thief of Bagdad (UK, 1940)
Directed by Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Bruce Winston, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall, Roy Emerton, Allan Jeayes. When the mischievous scoundrel Abu helps the rightful King of Bagdad escape from prison, he finds himself involved in an incredible series of adventures. Special DVD features (Disc 1): optional audio commentary by filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Scorsese; optional audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder; optional music and effects track; theatrical trailer (3 min.). Special features (Disc 2): "Visual effects" documentary (c2008, 31 min.); Blue screen demo (2 min.); Powell reminisces about the making of the film (1987?, audio only); excerpts from a radio interview with Rózsa (1976, audio only); production and publicity stills gallery; Dufaycolor stills gallery; "The lion has wings" (c1940, 76 min., b&w), a propaganda film for the English war effort produced by Korda. Booklet includes essays by film scholars Andrew Moor ("Arabian fantasies") & Ian Christie ("The lion triumphant"). 106 min. DVD X1606; vhs 999:1720
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Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only
Kelly, Kathleen Coyne. "Medieval times : bodily temporalities in The thief of Bagdad (1924), The thief of Bagdad (1940), and Aladdin (1992)." In: Hollywood in the Holy Land : essays on film depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim clashes / edited by Nickolas Haydock and E.L. Risden. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 H65 2009)

Three Kings (1999)
Directed by David O. Russell. Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff Curtis, Said Taghmaoui. Absurdly comic high kinetic tale set after the end of the Gulf War, when three American soldiers go off into the Iraqi desert to find millions in stolen Kuwait bullion and become involved in a democratic uprising. 115 min. DVD 573
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Chapman, James. "Imperial Adventure Redux: Three Kings (1999)." In: Projecting empire: imperialism and popular cinema / James Chapman and Nichola London ; New York : I. B. Tauris, 2009. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]
Davies, Jude. "'Diversity. America. Leadership. Good over evil.' Hollywood multiculturalism and American imperialism in Independence Day and Three Kings." Patterns of Prejudice, Dec2005, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p397-415, 19p UC users only
Lacy, Mark J. "War, Cinema and Moral Anxiety." Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 28 Issue 5, p611-636, 26p UC users only
Rowe, John Carlos "Culture, US Imperialism, and Globalization." American Literary History; Winter2004, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p575-595, 21p UC users only
Semmerling, Tim Jon "Three Kings: Assault on Victory Culture (1999)." In: "Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: MAIN: PN1995.9.A68 S46 2006)

Today's Special (2010)
Director, David Kaplan. Cast: Aasif Mandvi, Jess Weixler, Madhur Jaffrey, Harish Patel, Kevin Corrigan, Dean Winters, Naseeruddin Shah. Samir is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy, but his plans quickly change when he learns that his father has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that's fallen on hard times. Based on the play Sakina's restaurant, by Aasif Mandvi. 99 min. DVD X6891
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Towelhead (2007)
Directed by Alan Ball. Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi, Eugene Jones, Summer Bishil. Jasira, a 13-year-old Lebanese-American girl, moves to suburban Houston to live with her extremely strict father. Jasira must navigate her father's strict indifference, her discovery of sexual pleasure, the casual racism of a neighbor boy and her classmates, the sexual advances of the boy's father, and her attraction to Thomas, an African-American classmate whom her father forbids her to see. Things happen to her, but can she take responsibility and control, or is tragedy inevitable? Special features (80 min.): Community discussion with Ball, Macdissi, Bishil & Hussam Ayloush (30 min.); community discussion with Erian & Rajdeep Singh Jolly (50 min.). Based on the novel: Towelhead by Alicia Erian (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3555.R4265 T69 2005). 116 min. DVD X798
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True Lies (1994)
Directed by James Cameron, Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere. Marital problems arise for an international spy, who works for a top-secret government agency while pretending to be a computer salesman. Together he, his wife and their daughter foil the nefarious schemes of Middle Eastern nuclear terrorists and rescue their marriage.141 min. DVD 8422; vhs 999:1929
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"James Cameron." (Arab-Americans demonstrated against the director's film 'True Lies' because of its negative portrayal of Arabs) (Brief Article) Facts on File v54, n2822 (Dec 31, 1994):1015.
Hanania, Ray. "One of the Bad Guys?" (November 2, 1998), p. 14 UC users only

T.V.'s Promised Land
Presentes a collage gleaned from TV footage appearing between September 2000 and the middle of 2003 showing how Western media depicts Arabs and Muslims. Includes excerpts from Hollywood movies, cartoons, cable news networks, and European news broadcasts. Asserts that Western media has boosted the "good vs. evil" rhetoric of politicans and pundits such as George W. Bush and Colin Powell concerning the Arab/Muslim world. 2003. 75 min. DVD 3380

Valentino's Ghost
Valentino's Ghost takes viewers on a chronological journey through more than a century of images of Muslims, Arabs and Islam in the U.S. media, from the early 20th-century fantasies of romantic sheiks to today's damaging stereotypes as evil fanatics. The film shows the way in which the changing image of Arabs and Muslims has mirrored America's political agenda in the Middle East. Valentino's Ghost enables viewers to put stereotypical representations of muslims and Arabs in historical context to sharpen their media literacy and increase their skills in questioning media representations, especially those of minority groups and people with whom our government is in conflict. The film ends with a report of a few Hollywood films that have provided complex images and avoided ethnic stereotyping. Written and directed by Michael Singh. Extras include "22 minutes of extended interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, John Mearsheimer, Melani McAlister, Alan Sharp plus 5 clips [2:32] from comics Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani." 93 min. DVD DVD X6815

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The Visitor (2007)
Directed by Tom McCarthy. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Marian Seldes, Richard Kind, Michael Cumpsty. Recent widower, Walter Vale discovers a pair of illegal aliens who were the victims of a real-estate scam living in his New York apartment. After the mix-up is resolved, Vale invites the couple --a young Syrian musician named Tarekand his Senegalese girlfriend --to stay with him. An unlikely friendship develops between the retiring, quiet Vale and the vibrant Tarek. All goes well until Tarek is hauled in by immigration authorities and threatened with deportation. Not hearing from her son, Tarek's mother arrives and she and Walter support one another while they attempt to free Tarek. Special features (16 min.): Optional audio commentary by McCarthy & Jenkins; 5 deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by McCarthy & Jenkins ; "Playing the djembe" featurette; "An inside look at 'The visitor'" featurette. 104 min. DVD X1720
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The War Within (2005)
Directed by Joseph Castelo. Cast: Ayad Akhtar, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen, Sarita Choudhury, Charles Daniel Sandoval, John Ventimiglia. Hassan, a Pakistani engineering student in Paris is imprisoned and interrogated by Western intelligence services for suspected terrorist activities. Innocent of the charges, by the time he is released, his attitudes about the West have changed and in time he begins to identify with terrorists with whom he had been unwittingly associated. He renounces his old life, joins a radical group and illegally slips into New York with the aim of staging a major terrorist action. What unfolds is a profound human and political drama as we tensely observe the state of mind of a suicide bomber. 93 min. DVD 5120
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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Directed by John Milius. Cast: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis, Steve Kanaly, Nadim Sawalha. Loosely based on a true historical incident in turn-of-the century Morocco. Sheik Ahmad Raysuni kidnaps a feisty American woman and her children, holding them hostage until President Roosevelt sends in the troops to free them. 119 min. DVD 5876
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Yasmin (Germany | UK, 2004)
Directed by Kenneth Glenaan. Cast:Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson, Syed Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed. In this drama set before and after the events of 9/11, a young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre. After September 11th, the prejudice she experiences in her job and the treatment of common people forces her to reevaluate her life and take sides. 81 min. DVD X5377
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