It was more A month ago now, I had the honor to attend the party event for 4K recovery of Mustafa Al-Akkad in 1976 epic “Letter,” I left experience soak for For a long time. creative director And the producer’s movie is perhaps the most famous – and perhaps the most famous and famous movie on Islam and the Prophet Muhammed in private out There – really experience like nothing else. one holds up In particular – and in full 4K Glory Now – Up To 45 Years Since Then debut. person ‘messages’ should echo up more with modern audiences.
if there was one something one can guarantee It would be that the “message” would carry like this place in Islamic world Almost every Muslim must have seen it at least once. The movie is the most specific children’s first Getting into a movie of Muslim art. especially in Turkey, where it is known as “Shagri” – better translated as “the Appeal” – is dear to most people’s hearts. me know I’ve seen it many times times Throughout my childhood and I know Many others as well.
It’s a strange case, a phenomenon, one Which eludes me most days. I don’t pretend to understand it, or I have another example that I can understand call And they say, “It’s the Islamic equivalent of Which – that!”
its effect on Culture is not quantifiable; his weight on Its makers are unimaginable. Arrival via world Its legacy over the decades is unimaginable and unparalleled.
Analyzing such an iconic piece is purely on Its technical aspects may be a disservice I feel so a bit of backstory is necessary to understand the reason for the ‘message’ invites These strong feelings.
message’ for ages
Al-Akkad is a Syrian-American film producer and directorBoy on July 1, 1930, in Aleppo. a movie Al-Akkad’s enthusiast wanted to make it in cinema industry. only 18 years old of age, with just 200 dollars to spend and copy of The Qur’an to accompany him, it is time for for him head off In the United States – perhaps these are the early indications of what will become special Professional life in The movie business.
film lesson direction and production at a prestigious university of California, Los Angeles, received a master’s degree from the university of Southern California.
Larger adventure in It was the field of the film industry also for him first guiding roleand it was a huge task indeedBringing story, life and message of Prophet Muhammad to big Screen.
Akkad had a vision, he had a personal commitment, and he had – as he felt – a duty accomplished, one Which forced him to publish the “Message”. He explained what this message was supposed to represent while trying to make a movie on the topic of Salah al-Din, or Saladin, the first Sultan of Both Egypt and Syria and the founder of Ayyubid dynasty, which if history they played out differently, it would be featured Sean Connery.
“Right now, Islam is portrayed as a terrorist religion. And because few terrorists are Muslims, the whole religion has that image. If there was ever a religious war full of Terror were the Crusades. “But you can’t blame Christianity,” he said, “because so few adventurers did. That’s my message.”
he is wished to bring a photo of Islam that would accurately represent reality of religion and people experienced daily, passion of these people. The religion of his message of lost peace in Western twists and turns of photographed.
It was an opportunity to purify the message and spread it throughout the West, an opportunity that could bridge the gap between the Western and Islamic worlds. all this time also Maintaining technical integrity and value – which would in In turn, make “Letter” a timeless classic.
“Besides its production values as a movie, it has its own value storyIts intrigues, its drama,” he said. In addition to all this I think there is something personal, being a Muslim who Live in West I felt it was my duty, I dutyto say truth about Islam. It’s a religion followed by 700 million people, yet so little is known about it, which surprised me. I thought I should tell the story that will bring this bridge and this gap to the west.”
However, this ideal, that letter, brought with It’s huge challenges.
The message, O Messengers!
Such a huge attempt like ‘Letter’ can’t afford any weak pieces in her group. Therefore, it is a feat that Akkad successfully She managed to gather a large cast of actors who filled and filmed their roles. From Anthony Quinn to Erin Pappas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Seca, Michael Forrest, Andre Morell, Jaric Hagon, Damien Thomas and Martin Benson.
However, when looking at challenges Produce facedThe cast was probably the easiest part.
In the first and governments of I promised Kuwait, Libya and Morocco support the film.
Akkad deeply wanted To give the utmost respect to the subject. So, in A comprehensive attempt at respect – towards Islam and opinions on Depiction of the Prophet Muhammad – He consulted many Muslim clerics.
he is wished to earn support of Muslim worldhe is wished for unit no just to make sure Due respect has been paid but also to present the film with Much-needed legitimacy in The eyes of Many enthusiastic Muslims and many unfamiliar with Debt.
It was approved by Al-Azhar University in Cairo Egypt. approval was also Presented by Shiite scholars in Iran. who – which left Islamic world Union in Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through misunderstanding and rumor that perpetuated the myth that Anthony Quinn would actually portray the Prophet Muhammad – and that it would be against Islamic tradition that prohibits any direct representation of Religious figures in particular the Prophet – refused.
Quinn’s rumor couldn’t be far from truth Because the movie didn’t just do that show Prophet Muhammad, but also Apply the same respect and rule for the prophet extended family Among them are his daughters Fatima, Zainab, Umm Kulthum and Ruqayya, and his sons.in-Law and even first The Caliphs: Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali bin Abi Talib.
However, upon the refusal of the Muslim World League, Prince Sabah III Al-Salem Al-Sabah of Kuwait withdrew financial support. King Hassan II of Morocco stood by the production of Akkad, while then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continued to provide the majority of The financial helps for The project.
Production started in Morocco, West, sunset with the majority of groups designed And built accurately to times Like possible in North African country, including the Mecca, Kaaba and Medina groups. distance six months in Saudi Morocco government put great the pressure on Morocco stops production. King Hassan II told Akkad that there was nothing he could do and that they needed to leave the country in Two weeks.
With the deadline approaching, Akkad was able to secure a meeting with Gaddafi. Show Gaddafi the scenes they managed to shoot in Morocco, scenes that affected him deeply. Deeply moved by what he saw, Gaddafi conquered Libya for Continuation of production. else six Months was the movie complete.
it’s interesting feature of The production was that Akkad released two copies of movie at a time – one English and one Arabic with Arab cast. He felt that simply dubbing English into Arabic would reduce the impact and message of the film. So, he decided it would be one Movie for West and one for the East.
legacy it remains
There was a lot more Obstacles along the way up up to version of The movie and its aftermath, too many to count, but Al-Akkad beat both of them one amicably.
The result It was epic Likes of who can not be foundnot in Hollywood nor anywhere in the East.
Majestic soundtrack by Maurice Jarre – nominated by for “Best Original Score” in Oscars, just to get unfortunate timing of at up against John Williams Suite for ‘Star Wars’ I lost – raised almost every scene to a level great heights.
Actors, Queen in private, added The much-needed oomph of their roles and what degree of This is honesty hard to bring it in which movie. Shots can only be described as epic. Scenes, groups, and languages are shown how A lot of care was put into production.
Everything refers to a Muslim epic Somewhat reminiscent of of the age of Hollywood where epics like Ben-Hur was His Highness – but, for all the greatness, he was the heart of The movie was never forgotten. I’ve been so focused on The message and the messenger of God.
Peace, Unity, Mercy… Courage in The face of Enemy, everything of These were woven into fabric of movie all the time. The big groups and big battles Perhaps it was the money for some, but for almost everyone, the message and the letters were on top.
The reason that legacy of The “Letter” arrives to this day, and summons an impressive 4K restoration of The original Negative film, was literally his message.
We were too lucky To be able to watch the historical Akkad epic that was in itself historical milestone.
The restoration does a beautiful job in Post that message in pristine condition.