Monday, September 30, 2013

War in the Land of Egypt [المواطن: مصري] (Omar Sharif) - (1991)

War in the Land of Egypt [المواطن: مصري] (1991) - (Omar Sharif) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian promotional poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour for the 1991 120-minute Salah Abouseif color film War in the Land of Egypt [al-mowaten: masri] starring Omar Sharif, based on the novel al-harb fi bar misr by Youssef El-Kaeed with screenplay by Mohsen Zayed and cinematography by Tarek El-Telmisany. Plot summary: In 1972 in an Egyptian village Abdel Zeraq al-Shershabi, a shrewd feudal mayor, recovered his farmland by court order after the lifting of a receivership. His young second wife threatened to tell people he had become sexually impotent if he did not prevent their only son Tawfiq from being drafted into the army along with his other children from his first wife. The mayor pressured an oppressed farm laborer named Abel Mawgud to have his son Masri, who was exempt from the draft, take the place of his son Tawfiq in the induction in exchange for the Mayor giving him the five feddans of he was farming, assigning him a special work crew and giving him a cash reward. Abdel Mawgud and his son agreed to this. Then Masri was killed in the October War, but he had already confessed the truth about what had happened to a recruiter named Hassan. The police were investigating the incident, but Abdel Mawgud denied being Masri's father out of fear of the Mayor's anger, who had only paid him 261 pounds and refused to give him the land he had promised.

Cast and crew: Omar Sharif, Achraf Abdel Baqi, Ezzat El Alaili, Safia El Emari, Salah Abouseif, Abdullah Mahmoud, Khaled Nabawy, Youssef El-Kaeed, Enaam Salousa, Hassan Hosny, Hanan Shawki, Ashraf Abdel Baqi, Rushdi El Mahdi, Lola Mohamed, Mohsen Zayed, Tarek El-Telmisany, Yousef al-Qa'eed, Al-Montaser Billah, Magdi Sobhi, Mohamed Al-Seba, Rushdi El Mahdi, Abol Fotouh Omara, Naim Esa, Lola Mohamed



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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Mute الخرساء (Samira Ahmed) - (1961) Egyptian rerelease one-sheet

The Mute (1961) - (Samira Ahmed) Egyptian rerelease one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian undated rerelease poster by and unknown artist for the 1961 120-minute black-and-white Hassan Al Imam film The Mute [al-kharsaa] (aka The Dumb Girl) based on the 1948 Jean Negulesco film Johnny Belinda with story and screenplay by Mohamed Moustapha Sami and cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: The mute girl Naima [Samira Ahmed] lived in a fishing village by a lake with her father Derwish (Fakher Fakher) and his wife [Zouzou Nabil]. A doctor [Imad Hamdi] came to the village to help the people build a cooperative compound to relieve them of the domination of a local bully named Atris [Zaki Rostom]. The doctor trained Naima as a nurse but soon after she started working she was raped by Atris's son. Naima's father found out what happend and accused the doctor of being the cause; then the entire village turned against him. He left the village, but returned to defend Naima. Naima found the rapist and stabbed him with a knife; he then confessed to his crime. Naima married a soldier from the village.

Cast and crew: Samira Ahmed, Imad Hamdi, Hassan Al Imam, Mohamed Moustapha Sami, Wahid Farid, Zaki Rostom, Zouzou Nabil, Hassan Youssef, Mohammad Alawan, Fakher Fakher, Kamal Hussein, Fifi Youssef, Ya'qub Mikhail, Hussein Ismail, Mohammad Sabih, Samih Kamel, Jean Negulesco, Johnny Belinda



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Street of Water Carriers حارة السقايين - (dir: El-Seyed Ziada) - (1966) Egyptian one-sheet

The Street of Water Carriers (1966) - (dir: El-Seyed Ziada) Egyptian one-sheet

This Egyptian film poster was designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1966 85-minute El-Sayed Ziada black-and-white film Street of the Water Carriers with screenplay and dialogue by Anwar Abdalla and cinematography by Gamal Ebada. Plot Summary: The film is a caricature of the Egyptian film industry as seen by poor Egyptian audiences who dream of participation. It is about a girl named Fakiha [Sharifa Fadel] who lived in the district of the water carriers with her uncle Hussein [Amin El-Heinedy] the composer. Her uncle was a talented man whose work was not appreciated until a film studio gave him the opportunity to write a song for a new movie. When she went to the studio with her uncle, as a singer Fakiha also got a chance for a role in the new film to replace the lead actress, whose singing the producer did not like. Fakiha's fiancee Salem [Mohamed Awad] became angry with her because he was afraid she would get a job in the movies and leave him, but she just ignored him. Fakiha left the district of the water carriers and went to live with her uncle in an upscale neighborhood while preparing herself to become a movie star. She was bitterly disappointed later to find that her role had been given back to the original lead actress. She returned to the district of the water carriers with her uncle; Salem was there waiting for her and everybody in the district of the water carriers was happy to have her back.

Cast and crew: El-Sayed Ziada, Nahed Sharif, Amin El-Heinedy, Mohamed Awad, Sharifa Fadel, Mohamed Reda, Amal Ramzy, Mohamed Rushdy, Anwar Abdalla, Gamel Ebada, Abdel Latif El-Telbany, Mohamed Hamdi, Fouad Ga'afar, Aleyah Abdel Monem, Nabil El-Hegrassy, Mohsen Hafez, Nawal Fahmy, Sa'ida Galal



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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Day of My Life [يوم من عمري] (Abdel Halim Hafez) - (1961)

A Day of My Life (1961) - (Abdel Halim Hafez) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a poster designed by Ahmed Ghanem to promote the 1961 155-minute black-and-white Atef Salem film A Day of My Life [yom min omri] with cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr, printed by Al-Nasr printers of Cairo, starring the late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez as Salah. It is based on the 1953 William Wyler film Roman Holiday. Plot summary: An editor gave the journalist Salah Shawqi and his colleague the photographer Younes [Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy] the assignment of covering the arrival of from Switzerland of Nadia, [Zubaida Tharwat] the daughter of the millionaire Abu Agila, [Zaki Toleimat] after a long absence. At the airport Nadia learned her father's wife wanted to marry her to her brother and she decided to run away. She got on a bus with the journalists without any of them knowing anything about each other. Salah and Nadia with Younes and his fiance had a wonderful night at a nightclub and then she went with him to spend the night at his home. Younes photographed the two of them together; then the neighbors realized who Nadia was and pursued her. When the editor learned the journalist and his colleague had failed at their assignment he threatened to fire them. Salah discovered the truth about Nadia and went to the editor with the photographer and the story about what had happened. Nadia decided to go back to her father, who had decided not to marry her to a man she did not love. Salah stole the photos and the papers for the story and prevented the publication of anything about his beloved. He sent the pictures to Nadia and her father at the airport. The father understood Salah was a noble man and decided to marry his daughter to the one she loved.

Cast and crew: Abdel Halim Hafez, Zubaida Tharwat, Atef Salem, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Soheir El-Bably, Zaki Toleimat, Abdelhalim Nasr, Seif Eddine Shawkat, Youssef Gowhar, Zuzu Madi, Abdel Aziz Ahmed, Salah Nazmi, Soraya Fakhri, Ahmed Louxor



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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Woman of Fire لهاليبو (Naima Akef) - (1949) Egyptian rerelease one-sheet

Woman of Fire (1949) - (Naima Akef) Egyptian rerelease one-sheet

Naima Akef (7 October 1929 - 23 April 1966) was considered one of Egypt's greatest dancers; some people still think she was better than any other Egypt has produced. This is a poster for the 1949 Hussein Fawzi film Woman of Fire designed by Ahmed Fouad and printed by Anwar printers of Cairo. Cinematography was by Mahmoud Nasr; story and screenplay were by the film's director, Hussein Fawzi; distribution was by Badi' Sobhi Films. The film tells the story of an Egyptian performer named Elham (AKA Lahalibo) who, much like Naima Akef herself, is part of a circus troupe that works the poor neighborhoods of Cairo. The story revolves around some familiar Egyptian social and family conflicts, always intensified in cases such as this one where the subjects are also coping with the additional social stigmas that go with being public entertainers. Cast and Crew: Hussein Fawzi, Naima Akef, Hassan Fayek, Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Suleiman Naguib, Shukry Sarhan, Mohamed Kamal al-Masri, Mokhtar Hussein, Hassan Kamel, Kamal Hussein, Afaf Shaker, Soad Ahmed, Mohammad Ali Mohammad, Ismail Naguib, Abdel Moneim Ismail



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Monday, September 16, 2013

Attack of the Dinosaurs

Attack of the Dinosaurs Unknown Egyptian poster

This is a picture of one of my poster problems. I've got thousands of Egyptian posters for foreign films and I've been able to identify the films for 99 percent of them, but this is one of the exceptions. The only information about the film on this poster is the yellow Arabic title, which says "Attack of the Dinosaurs," which isn't much help. Maybe the original title isn't even English, and even if it is, it might be something like "Assault of the Dinosaurs" or "Invasion of the Dinosaurs." Even more likely is that this Arabic title is not even close to the original film title--and the Egyptians tend to make up titles for the films they are promoting that have very little to do with the original title or film content. What I usually rely on to identify a film for an Egyptian poster is things like the names of cast members or the name of the director. That gives me a starting point and I can usually track it down from there, but nothing like that is printed on this poster. The text in the bottom margin and in the uper right just says the film was distributed by Gold Star Films. What I really need is help from someone with a sharp eye and a good memory who knows the key art on the poster and can tell me what film it promoted. The big lizard in the background looks just like Godzilla, and the little lizard looks a lot like Godzilla Jr., but the foreground insect-thing menacing the pretty blonde lady is completely unknown to me. Any ideas?

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Red Rose الوردة الحمراء (dir Inas Al Degheidy) 1999

The Red Rose (1985) - (dir: Inas Al Degheidy) Egyptian one-sheet

This film directed by Inas Al Degheidy is based on the 1946 American film Gilda directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth. This Egyptian version of that classic film was a box office failure, but it has a beautiful poster designed by Takht Ahd. Plot summary: Jamila (Youssra) is a singer married to Azmi (Ahmed Ramzi), the owner of one of the hotels where she works. The hotel has a new manager named Salah (Mustafa Fahmi) who had recently been released from prison. Salah, who has a secret side business as an arms dealer, is an extremely cruel man. In his earlier years his marriages had been unsuccessful because of his infidelities and now he has become an older man without ever being close to a woman. Jamila takes up with him and abandons her husband for the sake of her career, thinking he can help her socially, but she then tires of Salah and returns to Azmi; this leads to a violent altercation when Salah tries to take revenge against Jamila for abandoning him.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Ramzy, Youssra, Inas Al Degheidy, Mustafa Fahmy, Shams, Hussein El Imam, Tarek El-Telmessani, Angel Aaram, Ali Hassanein, Hisham Madkour, Sayed Gabr, Abdel Hai Adib, Gilda, Charles Vidor

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Adieu Bonaparte الوداع يا بونابرت (dir: Youssef Chahine) - (1985) Egyptian one-sheet

Adieu Bonaparte (1985) - (dir: Youssef Chahine) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian poster for the classic 1985 Youssef Chahine film Adieu Bonaparte, featuring Patrice Chereau as Napoleon Bonaparte. From the Faber Companion to Foreign Films: "The film relates the experiences of an Egyptian family during the occupation of Alexandria by Napoleon and his army, and the uneasy friendship between a young Egyptian poet and one of Bonaparte's advisers. The exigencies of a big budget co-production might have accounted for a diminution in the great Chahine's poetry and power, but there are some spectacular scenes and excellent performances, notably from [Patrice] Chereau as a fanatical Bonaparte."

Cast and crew: Youssef Chahine, Michel Piccoli, Mohsen Mohieddin, Patrice Chereau, Mohsena Tewfik, Taheya Cariocca, Hoda Soltan, Gamil Ratib, Salah Zulfikar, Tewfik El Dekn, Seif El Dine, Mohamed Atef, Farid Mahmoud, Hassan Husseiny, Hassan El Adl, Mohamad Dardiri, Claude Cernay, Christian Patey, Mohsen Nasr, Abla Kamel



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