Sunday, February 24, 2013

I Accuse (1960)

I Accuse (1960) - (Zubaida Tharwat) Egyptian one-sheet

This poster was designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1960 115 minute Hassan Al Imam black-and-white film I Accuse [inni ataham], which according to Egyptian film encyclopedist Mahmoud Qasem is based on an unknown French novel called Jacques the Small (jak al-saghir] (apparently nothing to do with Emile Zola's famous 1898 letter titled j'accuse published in the French newspaper L'Aurore exposing the Dreyfus affair). The screenplay is by Mohamed Moustapha Sami, Mohamed Osman and Hassan Imam and cinematography is by Alevise Orfanelli. Plot summary: Naima's (Zubaida Tharwat) cousin Salah (Salah Zulfikar) loved her. He worked at the newspaper Akhbar al-Yom. A motorcycle ran over Naima when she was crossing the street. She recovered quickly but lost her eyesight. Her father Saber (Mohsen Sarhan) suffered a long time and provided the best education for her after he lost his job. He went to the hospital to see about his daughter but he forgot her briefcase with important items in it. There was a spat over this incident between him and the contractor Hamed (Imad Hamdi). The contractor asked all his colleagues not to hire Saber and he accumulated wealth while Saber lived in poverty. Hamed swindled the wealthy including Soad, whom he tried to marry by putting pressure on her brother Abbas. However Abbas shot Hamed. Saber came to Hamed's house at that moment and found the corpse. Saber was then arrested and accused of killing Hamed. At the trial there was a coroner's report on the circumstances of the firing of the bullets. Salah tried to shed light on the case in the newspaper while Naima tried to work a cure and recover her sight. Salah discovered the role of Abbas and asked the court to interrogate him. In the end the truth was discovered.

Cast and crew: Doria Ahmed, Zizi El-Badrawy, Nagwa Fouad, Tewfik El Dekn, Salah Nazmi, Mohsen Sarhan, Hassan Al Imam, Zubaida Tharwat, Imad Hamdi, Salah Zulfikar, Alevise Orfanelli, Mohamed Moustapha Sami, Mohamed Osman, Amin Wahba, Amin Wahba, Mohamed Sabih, Hussein Ismail, Abdel Moneim Ismail

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