Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Appearances (1945)

Appearances [al-mazaher] (1945) - (Ragaa Abdou) Egyptian stone litho film poster

This film was directed by Kamal Selim, who also wrote the story, screenplay and dialogue. Cinematography was by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: Baheyya lived in a rural neighborhood with her sick aunt. She met the mechanic Mahmoud and agreed to marry him. Mahmoud and Baheyya continued to care for the sick aunt until the illness overcame her. Before she died the aunt told Baheyya she had a wealthy uncle named Redwan. After she died Baheyya sought Mahmoud's help finding the uncle as the aunt had advised. They finally found him; he was a good man who was affectionate towards his niece, although his wife was harsh fearing the division of half the uncle's wealth with Baheyya. She moved Baheyya to live in her uncle's palace where Baheyya discovered the truth and reclaimed her money. She aroused the envy of her uncle's executive director Nabil. Nabil was able to win her and make her fall in love with him and forget the poor mechanic Mahmoud. She married Nabil only to discover that he coveted her money. She demanded a divorce from him, realizing she needed to return to Mahmoud and get him to forgive her. Finally Mahmoud became director of her factory after insisting on it and they married.

Cast and crew: Kamal Selim, Olwiyya Gamil, Fouad Shafik, Ragaa Abdou, Yehia Chahine, Abelhalim Nasr, Ferdoos Mohammed, Stephan Rosti, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Ismail Yasseen, Mimi Shakeeb,Souraya Fakhry, Hassan Kamel, Naima Gamal, Amina Cherif, Mohamed Al-Dib, Nabawiyya Mostafa, Mokhtar Saqar

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