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Case Study: Moustapha Akkad: His Works and Life Time Films

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Case Study: Moustapha Akkad: His Works And Life Time Films


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Moustapha Akkad: His Works And Life Time Films

Akkad was a Syrian American movie director and producer born in Aleppo, 1930. Subsequent to the Syrian freedom from the French colonial power in 1946, he pursued his vision of direction through education at the AAC (American Aleppo College). He intended to go to the United States to achieve his vision in Hollywood, however, prospects were muted. Nonetheless, through the help of his American film art instructor; Douglas Hill, he got accepted into the (UCLA) University of California at Los Angeles. In the year 1954, with the age of 18years, Akkad arrived at the airport for his departure. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles for 4 years and marked off in 1958. Upon graduation, he interned under the Sam Peckinaph; an American director, while pursuing his Master’s degree at the USC (University of Southern California). The director of Los Angeles; Sam Peckinaph contacted Akkad while looking for an Arab speaking advisor to assist him develop a movie about the revolution of Algeria for independence. Regrettably, the movie was dropped by the end of this revolution by the end of this revolution, but the relation between the two remained.

Akkad proceeded and formed the FIP (Falcon International Productions), to completely distribute and finance John Carpenter’s Halloween; humbled budget spine cooler, written and produced by John. Carpenter, a hopeful filmmaker as well as the producer Irwin Yablans decided to make a low budget horror film on the babysitters being abducted and killed on Halloween. They went to Moustapha Akkad for the film financing and support. After a long discussion with Carpenter and an understanding of his passions and ideas for the film, Akkad accepted to finance and produced the movie. He definitely understood that to be embraced, the movie would have to adhere to the life of Muhammed without presenting him or showing him his voice. Despite this, the movie generated bones of contention including financing among others, hence, the movie production was transferred from Libya to Morocco. However, the movie went on and became famous. It even surpassed the existing produced movies which were privately produced and distributed (Lancaster, 2011). After the prosperity of Halloween, Moustapha set his eyes on the next epic narrative of resistance.

His next movie was the Lion on the Desert; which enabled him reunite with Anthony Quinn in the topic role. Akkad continued producing movies in the


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