In 1967 Fairuz participated in the creation of something so great
that it will forever be remembered in theatrical history as a
masterpiece, namely ‘Hala W Al Malek’ (Hala and the King). And now
Miriam Fares brings this piece which was written by the Rahbani
Brothers a bit closer to the contemporary audience in the form of the
film ‘Celena’! The story –or fairytale- is beautiful in its combination
of elegant simplicity, romance and fantasy.
it would be stupid to compare the movie with the play or Miriam with
Fairuz for that matter, one must commend Miriam for an outstanding
performance. She did not try in any way to ‘keep up’ with her
predecessor; instead she gave a spontaneous genuine performance. Here
is someone who can excel as an actress and as a singer, and who people
will look forward to seeing in more musical pieces in the future. The
piece is timeless and adaptable to any period or nation.
This film made a great piece of literature more accessible to us in
our day and age, and if you have not yet seen it then you must