Ed Koch Movie Reviews: “Cairo Time” BY Edward I. Koch

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August 16, 201

Most critics gave this picture a good review, which is why I went to see it.  In my opinion, their assessments were overstated.  The film is like a charlotte russe – mostly air and little substance.

The movie is a travelogue set in Cairo.  Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is seeking to visit her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), who is working in Gaza.  She is in Cairo awaiting his arrival.  When Mark is delayed in Gaza on business, his former assistant, Tareq (Alexander Siddig), offers to act as her escort.

Having visited the Egyptian capital, I believe the movie could have been much more interesting. Juliette and Tareq visit the Giza pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, but strangely the Sphinx, which is adjacent to the pyramids, is not shown.  (I took the time to climb up a narrow staircase to the secret burial chamber of one of the pyramids only to find a single, dimly-lit bulb and an empty sarcophagus.)

Hanging over the couple during the time they spend together waiting for Mark’s return is their clear infatuation with one another – totally unconsummated, not even a real kiss, only one on both cheeks.

“Cairo Time” is not a bad film, but it is not a very interesting one.  It just doesn’t deliver which isn’t the fault of the cast but rather the script.  I kept thinking of the 1955 movie “Summertime” starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi.  That similar-themed movie about unrequited love, which was a travelogue  - in this case of Venice – was a much better picture.

Finally, the director and script writer deliberately showed Israeli soldiers stopping a bus from Egypt as brutish.  Totally gratuitous, I believe, intended to create hostility to Israel.

Pat Thaler said:  “This is a film with wasted potential.  What could be more entertaining and romantic than a love story featuring a mature woman on her own in an exotic location and a good looking man with a delicious accent?  Yet the script and the acting fail to make the story come alive, even with the streets of Cairo, the Nile, and the pyramids taking center stage.  There’s no real emotion or passion and the film, for me, was a disappointment, especially because Patricia Clarkson is such a great actressand has, in other film roles, shown the depth of her talent.”

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The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served New York City as its 105th Mayor from 1978  to  1989.


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