Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Father is Up the Tree (1969)

My Father Is up the Tree [abi fawq al-shagarah] (1969) - (Abdel Halim Hafez) original Egyptian film poster

This is a rare original poster for a classic 1969 Egyptian film directed by Hussein Kamal, based on a story by Ihsan Abdel Quddous and starring the popular singer Abdel Halim Hafez. It is a youth, beach and music movie, but it is not quite as light-hearted as its American counterparts of that period. Plot summary: A group of university students went to Alexandria for the summer vacation. One of the students was Adel (Abdel Halim Hafez) who argued with his girlfriend Amal (Mervat Amin) during the summer gatherings in Alexandria. Adel had a love experience with the dancer Ferdoos (Nadia Lutfi) and went to live with her in her house. Her lover would come and go there and they would show their affection for one another in front of Adel. Having no news of the son in Cairo, the father came looking for him to bring him back. The father also fell in love with the same dancer and her brother told Adel to rescue him from his predicament. However the father stopped him and beat him. Fardoos told the father the truth about her relationship with his son; Adel went back to the gang and things continued as they were before.

Cast and crew: Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Mervat Amin, Imad Hamdi, Amer al-Askari, Yusef Shahuri, Hussein Kamal, Wahid Farid, Ihsan Abdul Quddous

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