The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

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.)