Cinemas in Baghdad

The LA Times has a story about a Baghdadi cinema owner, in which he mostly laments that the kids nowadays only come to the theater to catch a glimpse of skin (you'd think they've better access to that stuff online...). Apparently the religious extremists that targeted cinemas a few years back are no longer bothering them, although there are only 8 theaters in Baghdad, compared to 40 before the war. 

This passage caught my eye. Remembering the good old days: 
He lists a stream of films he fell in love with over the years: "Spartacus" in 1960 starring Kirk Douglas as a slave who leads a revolt against the Roman Empire; a film about Che Guevara; and the 1969 Greek political thriller "Z."

We are in agreement on at least one third of this list--"Z" is one of the best films I've ever seen. 

(Thanks, S.)

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.