The characters in this 1972 allegorical comedy drama, set in Egypt just before the Six Day War, deliberately invoke movie cliches with their courtship behavior and adroit manipulation of cigarettes. Obsessively composed shots subvert realism by being marvels of technique even as they advance the story of a young policeman, the adopted son of a military official, who learns his biological father is a legendary activist. Written by Lotfi el-Khouly and director Youssef Chahine (Destiny). In Arabic with subtitles. 105 min.