Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Fire of Longing نار الشوق (Sabah) - (1970) Egyptian one-sheet

Fire of Longing (1970) - (Sabah) Egyptian one-sheet

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster for the 1970 123-minute Muhammad Salem color film Fire of Longing [nar al-shawq] starrring Sabah based on a story by director Muhammad Salem with screenplay and dialogue by Adel Salam Musa and cinematography by Essam Farid. The film was produced by the General Egyptian Cinema Institute and distributed by the General Cinema Council. Plot summary: The famous singer Sabah permitted her daughter Howeida to work in a nightclub in Cairo so she could have a connection with the world of fame. In Cairo Howeida fell in love with Sherif, a decorative engineer who charmed her. Sherif told his father Hassan he was interested in marrying Howeida. The father deplored his son's behavior. He had already taken a stand previously against his brother Ali's marriage to Howeida's mother and his memories of his love for her were still alive. Sherif told his uncle about the tragedy; the father regretted this and encouraged his son to continue with his love. Then Hassan finally relented and gave his son the green light for a relationship with Howeida, and Sabah went back to her lover Ali.

Cast and crew: Muhammad Salem, Sabah, Rushdy Abaza, Wadi El Safi, Hussein Fahmy, Essam Farid, Abdel Salam Musa, Howeida, Hussein Fahmy, Hamdi Ghayth, Wadi El Safi, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Hassan Mostafa, Sameer Ghanem, Alia Abdel Moneim, Fifi Youssef, Mahmud Abol-Fahm, Ali Diab, Soheir Zaky, Nahed Sabri, Soheir Magdi

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Eve on the Road حواء على الطريق (Magda) - (1968) Egyptian one-sheet

Eve on the Road (1968) - (Magda) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Fouad and printed by Dar al-Kateb al-Arabi of Cairo to promote the 1968 Hussein Helmy 100-minute black-and-white film Eve on the Road [hawa ala al-tariq] starring Magda based on screenplay and dialogue by Hussein Helmy with cinematography by Dia El-Mahdy. The film was produced and distributed by the General Egyptian Cinema Institute. Plot summary: Three young women were alternating between the call of the heart and loyalty to the woman's cause of achieving full equality with men. Mona [Magda] was fully committed to the woman's cause and would not settle for anything less. Nashwa [Madiha Salem] thought it was better for women to accept reality. Hekmat [Soheir Samy] was committed to the cause and raised her voice with resounding slogans, but she inevitably sacrificed herself for her cause after everyone denied her. At the beginning her husband said he was a believer in full equality but in fact he just a follower who felt a sense of superiority. Nashwa rushed into a marriage with Galal, a happy pilot [Abdel Moneim Ibrahim]. Hekmat abandoned her principles in her marriage to her lawyer neighbor. Mona's husband Khaled [Rushdy Abaza] backed down when she insisted and decided to meet her halfway, which saved her at the last minute. Mona had a daughter to whom she passed the torch.

Cast and crew: Hussein Helmy, Hussein El-Mohandess, Dia El-Mahdy, Rushdy Abaza, Abdelazim Abdelhack, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Magda, Madiha Salem, Soheir Samy, Rashuan Tewfik, Aziza Helmy, Amal Ramzy, Ahmed al-Haddad, Malek Al-Gamal, Soheir Reda, Kawsar Ramzy, Hassan Mostafa, Mohammad al-Bashari



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Embrace of Fear احضان الخوف (Samir Sabri) - (1986)

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The Embrace of Fear (1986) - (Samir Sabri) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Meftah and Fathy al-Khodri and printed by Arabic Cinema Printers to promote the 1986 Abdel Moneim Shoukry 111-minute color film The Embrace of Fear [ahdan al-khawf] starring Samir Sabri as Rushdy based on a story by Ahmed El Mola, screenplay and dialogue by Mahmoud Samaha and cinematography by Mahmoud Sabu. The film was produced by the International Technical Production Company and distributed by Sawt al-Hob. Plot summary: Prince [Gamil Rateb] was the leader of a narcotics smuggling gang. He dominated them all because of their weaknesses. To help with a shipment of narcotics he employed Wafa, [Raghda] an airline hostess in love with one of his agents named Rushdy. Rushdy rescued her from this job and brought about the downfall of Prince. Then they married.

Cast and crew: Abdel Moneim Shoukry, Ahmed El Mola, Mahmoud Sabu, Raghda, Samir Sabri, Nagwa Fouad, Gamil Ratib, Sayed Sadek, Mahmoud Al Qalaawi, Abdel Wahab Khalil, Imane Akef, Abdel Moneim Akef, Anwar Nashed, Samy Ashour, Mohamed Ismail, Mahmoud Farag, Mamdouh Wafi



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Dreadful Hours [al-saat al-rahiba] (1970) - (Nabila Ebeid)

Dreadful Hours (1970) - (Nabila Ebeid) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1970 Abdel Hamid Al-Shazly 90-minute black-and-white film Dreadful Hours [al-saat al-rahiba] starring Nabila Ebeid based on a story by Nabil Nawar and screenplay and dialogue by Yayha Tadros with cinematography by Gamal El-Tabei. The film was produced and distributed by Gamal El-Tabei Films. Plot smmmary: Ramzy was a young man who worked at his corporate job seriously and with discipline. He lived in a humble apartment with his sister Sanaa, a good and simple girl. Shawkat Bey tried to push Ramzy into a projects office to facilitate his embezzlement activity. He issued an order appointing Ramzy director of an office so he could collaborate with him. He also introduced him to an abnormal girl so she could catch him in her traps. Ramzy proposed to her and discovered the extent of her demands and dreams about such things as villas and automobiles. She tried to push him into accepting bribes and Shawkat Bey tried to get rid of him by catching him on an accusation of accepting a bribe so he could have him thrown into prison. Ramzy endured the prison sentence; when he was released he found his sister had committed suicide after one of his friends had assaulted her. Then he sought revenge against the manager who had gotten him thrown in prison and the friend who had killed his sister.



Cast and crew: Nabila Ebeid, Ahmed Ramzy, Youssef Chaban, Shams El-Barudy, Nawal Abul Foutouh, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Abdel Hamid Al-Shazly, Gamal El-Tabei, Haleh Al-Shawareby, Mahmoud Sobhy, Rafat El-Tabei, Salah Dessouky, Amin Antar



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The Curse [اللعنة] (Nour El-Sherif) - (1984) Egyptian one-sheet

The Curse (1984) - (Nour El-Sherif) Egyptian one-sheet

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian film poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and Morteda Anise and printed by Arabic Cinema printers to promote the 1984 110-minute Hussein El-Wakeel color film The Curse [al-la'na] starring Nour El-Sherif with screenplay by Hussein El-Wakeel, dialogue by Salah Gabin and cinematography by Mostafa Imam, based on the 1963 film Shock Corridor written and directed by Samuel Fuller. The film was produced by Aflam Eskandaria and distributed by Ihab al-Leisi films. Plot summary: Chief Editor Tantawy [Nabil Dessouky] gave the journalist Hamdy [Nour El-Sherif] the job of investigating the murder of Saluma, an inmate at a mental hospital. Hamdy gained entrance into the hospital claiming to be insane, despite the objections of his wife Madiha [Madiha Kamel]. Based on consultations with a psychiatrist he learned how to imitate the state of a mental patient. At the hospital he found three witnesses who said the patient Khalil was the one who had killed Salmuma because she had seen him assault another patient sexually. Hamdy left the hospital and published his report, but discovered he had gone insane himself.

Cast and crew: Nour El-Sherif, Samuel Fuller, Madiha Kamel, Hussein El-Wakeel, Mustafa Imam, Gamil Ratib, Ahmed Bedir, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Aly El Cherif, Mohamed Kamel, Mohamed Morshed, Ahmed Abdel Hadi, Mohamed Nouh, Nabil Dessouky, Kamal Hussein



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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Spirit and the Body (1948) - (Muhammad Fawzi)

The Spirit and the body [al-ruh wal-gessad] (1948) - (Muhammad Fawzi) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is the first printing of a 24" x 35" Egyptian poster by an unknown designer printed by Ashur and Company to promote the 1948 Helmy Rafla 125-minute black-and-white film The Sprit and the Body [al-ruh wal-gessad] starring Muhammad Fawzi based on screenplay, dialogue and story by Youssef Gohar with cinematography by Bruno Salvi. The film was produced by Muhammad Fawzi Films and distributeb by Montakhebat Behna Film. Plot summary: Two young men were quite close to each other. One was a musician and the other was a scholar and a poet. The scholar married a musician and the musician married a dancer, but he also lost his sight in an accident, which caused him to stop singing. The friends became closer, and the musician's sight was restored in an operation. When this happened he concentrated on his art with renewed determination.

Cast and crew: Helmy Rafla, Camelia, Shadia, Muhammad Fawzi, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Ismail Yasseen, Hind Rostom, Hassan Kamel, Elias Moadab, Abdel Aziz Hamdi, Fouad Fahim, Nagwa Salem



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Man of the Future [ragal al-mostaqbal] (1946) - (Ahmed Salem)

Man of the Future [ragal al-mostaqbal] (1946) - (Ahmed Salem) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a first printing of a 35.5" x 45.5" two-piece Egyptian poster designed by Khatab and printed by Dar al-Mostaqbal to promote the 1949 Ahmed Salem 105-minute black-and-white film Man of the Future [ragal al-mostaqbal] starring Ahmed Salem based on story and screenplay by Ahmed Salem with dialogue by El Sayed Bedeir with cinematography by Ahmed Khorshed. The film was produced and distributed by the Egyptian Film Company. Plot summary: Kamel moved into a life of wealth and opulence after receiving an inheritance from a relative. However he did not do well with it and he also attracted ridicule in the press from a journalist named Soheir, who accused him in a number of articles of being a millionaire moron. However as events developed Soheir developed a liking for Kamel and they eventually married.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Salem, El Sayed Bedeir, Mediha Yousri, Ahmed Khorshed, Bechara Wakim, El Seyed Bedeir, Hager Hamdy, Said Abu Bakr, Abdel Aziz Ahmed, Mohammad Abdel Motaleb, Nabawiya Mostafa, Pamela



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Festival Night (1949) - (Shadia)

Festival Night (1949) - (Shadia) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a first printing of a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Dimitri Gabriel to promote the 1949 Helmy Rafla 108-minute black-and-white film Festival Night [leilet al-eid] starring Shadia based on a screenplay by Anwar Wagdi with story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. The film was produced and distributed by Anwar Wagdi's United Film Company of Cairo. Plot summary: Yasamina and her two brothers Shushu and Sousou were artists trying to get work at a nightclub after being subjected to homelessness and deprivation. They went to see a theater director but accidentally went into the wrong apartment and were surprised to find a gang of criminals along with a playful girl who was their sister, plotting together against a rich boy named Adel Bey. Yasamina found a way to save him and then married him.

Cast and crew: Helmy Rafla, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Anwar Wagdi, Abdelhalim Nasr, Dimitri Gabriel, Hassan Fayek, Lola Sedki, Farid Shawqi, Stephan Rosti, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Elias Moadab, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdi, Mohammad Kamel



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Friday, October 25, 2013

It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] (1954) - (Hoda Soltan)

It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] (1954) - (Hoda Soltan) original Egyptian 23x35 film poster

Shown here is a first printing of a 23.5" x 35.25" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and printed by Al-Nasr Printers to promote the 1954 Henry Barakat film It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] starring Hoda Soltan based on a screenplay by Henry Barakat with story and dialogue by Fathy Abol-Fadl and cinematography by Klelio. The film was produced by Kamel Abdullah Hamuda's Arabic Films Company and distributed by Montekhabat Behna. Plot summary: A poor girl married a rich boy despite opposition from the boy's father. She lived happily with her husband until she fell into the clutches of a young hustler who told her her husband had injured him in an accident. Her husband found out about him holding her and divorced her without understanding that his wife was innocent, then went abroad. The wife took revenge against the hustler who had ruined her life by killing him. Then when she tried to commit suicide her young attorney saved her and defended her in court, where he successfully reduced her sentence. He promised to marry her after her release from prison.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Hoda Soltan, Mohsen Sarhan, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Shafik Noureddin, Abdel Rahim El Zarkani, Klelio, Aida Kamel, Hind Rostom, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Nimat Mukhtar, Shafik Noureddin, Soraya Salem, Rafia al-Shal, Zaki Ibrahim, Mary Ezzedine

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Scheherezade (1946) - (Hussein Sedki)

Scheherezade [shahrzad] (1946) - (Hussein Sedki) Egyptian film poster

This is a first printing of a 21.5" x 32" Egyptian poster designed by Dimitri and Abdel Rahman to promote the 1946 Fouad El Jazairly film Scheherezade.

Scheherezade [shahrzad] (1946) - (Hussein Sedki) Egyptian film poster

These are first printing Egyptian poster by an unknown designer printed by Raghaeb printers to promote the 1946 Fouad El Jazairly 100-minute black-and-white film Scheherezade [shahrzad] starring Hussein Sedki based on a screenplay by Fouad El Jazairly with cinematography by Mohamed Abdel Aziz. The film was produced by Modern Egypt Films and distributed by Montakhebat Behna. Plot Summary: The young sultan Shahriar announced his desire to marry, then chose a bride who betrayed him. This transformed his attitude towards women. He declared women were only good for enjoyment and did not deserve wealth. He then declared he would marry a virgin every night, then kill her at dawn after he had enjoyed her. After his swordsman had killed many of them he chose a minister's daughter named Scheherezade who had decided to save other girls from this oppressive sultan. She told him a story that did not end by dawn so he did not kill her, hoping the story would end the next night. However when she finished the story the next night he let her start another. This continued for 1001 nights. She was able to conquer Shahriar's heart and save herself as well as all the other women in the kingdom. This made her an immortal legend.

Cast and crew: Fouad El Jazairly, Hussein Sedki, Elham Hussein, Samia Gamal, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Monsi Fahmy, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Mohammed Youssef, Mohammad al-Dib, Lutfy al-Hakim, Reyad El Kasabgy, Soad Ahmed, Istar Shatta, Nelly Mazlum, Yahya Negati, Saleheh Qasin, Amina Sedki, Safia Helmy



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Hababa (1944) - (Aziza Amir)

Hababa (1954) - (Aziza Amir) Egyptian film poster

This is a first printing of a 45" x 34.5" Egyptian poster designed by Ahmed Fouad and printed by Raghaeb Printers to promote the 1944 110-minute black-and-white Niazi Mostafa film Hababa starring Aziza Amir based on a screenplay by Niazi Mostafa with story and dialogue by Ahmed Fathy and cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. The film was produced and distributed by Studio Masr. Plot summary: Prince Zayed fell in love with his neighbor Hababa who sang like an angel, but there were jealous neighbors who wanted to separate them and they succeeding in banishing Hababa from the palace. Prince Zayed became caliph and increased his power. He discovered he could not live without Hababa and went looking for her. He finally found her and the lovers were reunited, but his love for Hababa created social and political problems for him. Hababa realized this and decided to get out of his life. She committed suicide with poison and the prince lived in sorrow for his lost love for the rest of his life.

Cast and crew: Niazi Mostafa, Mostafa Hassan, Aziza Amir, Mahmoud Zulfikar, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Seram Munir, Amina Sherif, Ferdoos Hassan, Yahya Chahine, Ferdoos Mohammed, Abdel Aziz Ahmed, Zuzu Shakeeb



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Who Do You Love? [lamin hawak] (1954) - (Kamal Al-Shennawi)

Who Do You Love? [lamin hawak] (1954)- (Kamal Al-Shannawi) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a first printing of a 35.5" x 46.5" Egyptian poster designed by Dimitri and Studio Adly and printed by al-Nasr Printers of Cairo and Alexandria to promote the 1954 115-minute black-and-white Helmy Rafla film Who Do You Love [lamin hawak] starring Kamal Al-Shennawi and Hoda Soltan based on screenplay, dialogue and story by Youssef Gohar with cinematography by Masud Isa. The film was produced by Asia Film. Plot summary: Nadia was suffering from the behavior of her sister Nawal, who was a deceptive girl. She sought counseling in this matter from Dr. Adel and during these consultations love grew between Adel the physician and Nadia the nurse. Nawal's sister married and then divorced a swindler, while Adel and Nadia eventually married when their love grew stronger.

Cast and crew: Helmy Rafla, Masud Esa, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Imad Hamdi, Farid Shawqi, Hoda Soltan, Mona, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Wedad Hamdy, Hager Hamdy, Zeinat Olwi, Soraya Salem

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Appointment with Life (1954) - (Faten Hamama)

Appointment with Life [mowad maa al-hayat] (1954) - (Faten Hamama) original Egyptian 35x47 film poster

This is a first printing of a 35" x 47" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and printed by his Gasour and Company Printers to promote the 1954 Ezzel Dine Zulficar 115-minute black-and-white film Appointment with Life [mowad maa al-hayat] based on the 1939 Edmund Goulding film Dark Victory with Bette Davis, starring Faten Hamama based on a screenplay by Ezzel Dine Zulficar and Youssef Esa with dialogue by Youssef Esa and cinematography by Wahid Farid. The film was produced by Faten Hamama Films and distributed by Dollar Film. Plot summary: Engineer Ahmad loved Amal and lived with her in the same house with her friend Fatima, daughter of the farm overseer. Fatima loved the doctor Mamdouh, but he was unaware of it. Amal's father, who was a great doctor, discovered that she had a serious heart disease. He kept this information from her. However Amal happened to hear a conversation between her father and Dr. Mamdouh about her own critical condition, and she learned the truth. Amal began taking steps to make it possible for Ahmad to leave her and not have a relationship with her, despite the love between them. Amal's father was hoping to operate on her to save her life, and when he did so it improved her condition. Ahmad understood the situation and Amal's secret she had been trying to keep from him. Amal was ready to marry Ahmad and Fatima agreed to marry Dr. Mamdouh.

Cast and crew: Faten Hamama, Shukry Sarhan, Shadia, Hussein Riad, Ezzel Dine Zulficar, Wahid Farid, Youssef Esa, Omar El-Hariri, Abdel Waress Assar, Zeinat Sedki, Nour Al-Demerdash, Said Abu Bakr, Abdel Ghani Al-Nagdi, Edmund Goulding



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Money [al-folus] (1945) - (Aziza Amir)

Money [al-folus] (1945) - (Aziza Amir) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 22" x 34" first printing of an Egypian poster designed by Marcel and printed by L'Art Graphique to promote the 1945 Ebrahim Emara 100-minute black-and=white film Money [al-folus] starring Aziza Amir based on a screenplay by Aziza Amir with dialogue written by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary and cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. The film was produced by Nahas Film. Plot summary: The father died leaving his son Kamal and his daughter Salma in the care of their big brother, whose wife completely dominated him and treated his siblings harshly; in contrast she was raising her daughter Fifi to be irresponsible. The brother's wife expelled Kamal and Salma from her home and the two of them went looking for work. Salma found work as s photographer at a newspaper. With her connections at the newspaper she was even able to find work for Kamal at a theater where he loved to sing. Salma and Kamal succeeded in their work life while their brother's daughter Fifi remained irresponsible and immoral and she tried to drive a wedge between Salma and Kamal. She convinced Kamal that he got his job at the theater because of a relationship between Salma and the theater director. Kamal became angry and tried to kill the theater director but Salma found a press picture of the theater director with a call girl and discovered she was Fifi. She revealed the facts to Kamal and he apologized to her, while their big brother, his wife and their daughter Fifi were shamed and dishonored.

The paper on these old Egyptian movie posters is fragile, brittle and has a tendency to crumble. It has never been archivally deacidified and the vast majority of them are long gone. The few survivors like this one have a special aura for me because of their design, the media they represent and the subtle crinkling sounds they make when you pick them up.

Cast and crew: Ibrahim Emara, Aziza Amir, Hassan Fayek, Mahmoud Zulfikar, Mostafa Hassan, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Rawhiyya Khaled, Bechara Wakim, Mohamed Salman, Abdel Waress Assar, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Tawfiq Ismail, Said Abu Bakr, Soad Ahmed, Abdel Moniem Ismail, Samia Rushdy, Nabawiya Mostafa



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Hassan and Hassan (1944) - (Mohammed Al Kahlawi)

Hassan and Hassan (1944) - (Mohammad Al Kahlawi) Egyptian poster

This is a 21.5" x 34" first printing of an Egyptian poster designed by Marcel and printed by L'Art Graphique to promote the 1944 Niazi Mostafa 105-minute black-and-white film Hassan and Hassan [hassan wa hassan] starring Mohammed Al Kahlawi based on a screenplay by Niazi Mostafa with story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El Ibiary and cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. The film was produced and distributed by Nahas Film. Plot summary: One Hassan drove a taxi and the other was a hustler. The hustler married the cousin of the brother of the taxi driver so he could drain his assets with the delusion of the existence of a profitable company. On the train the two of them met Houria, a girl from a conservative family and they both loved her, but she had a maid who was going to marry Hassan the hustler. Houria's family was angry because her daughter was marrying a driver and they beat him. The hustler tricked Houria's father and almost went to prison but Hassan the driver intervened to save him, and he persuaded the family to accept him.

Cast and crew: Mohammed Al Kalhawi, Houriyya Mohamed, Bechara Wakim, Niazi Mostafa, Mostafa Hassan, Leila Helmy, Ferdoos Mohammed, Mahmoud Ismail, Choukoukou, Hager Hamdi, Abdel Moniem Ismail, Abdul Hamid Zaki, Latif Amin, Al-Sayed Abu Bakr, Zaki Ibrahim

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Long Live Love [yahya al-hob] (1938) - (Mohamed Abdel Wahab)

Long Live Love [yayha al-hob] (1938) - (Mohamed Abdel Wahab) Egyptian film poster

This is the first printing of a 27.5" x 39" Egyptian film poster designed by an unknown artist and printed by al-Raghaeb Printers to promote the 1938 Mohammed Karim film Long Live Love [yahya al-hob] starring Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Laila Mourad based on story and dialogue by Abbas Allam and screenplay by Mohammed Karim with cinematography by Georges Benoit. The film was produced and distributed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab Films. Plot summary: Mohammad Fathy rented a new apartment where one of the windows happened to face the palace of Taher Pasha, the father of Nadia. There was a misunderstanding between Fathy and Nadia when he accused her of throwing rocks at his balcony, which angered her. Then he discovered she was the daughter of the sister of his boss at the Bank of Egypt where he worked, and that a little girl had been throwing the rocks. He realized he owed Nadia an apology. He followed her on the train to Alexandria so he could do that and they fell in love. Fathy decided to marry Nadia. He discovered his father knew her father Taher Pasha so he called him to get him to make arrangements. When Nadia's father returned from a trip she was surprised to learn he had arranged for her to marry a rich boy. Naturally she did not know about Fathy's wealth and she refused to marry this wealthy boy, but when she realized he was Fathy they married.

Cast and crew: Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Laila Mourad, Mohammed Karim, Abbas Allam, Mohammed Abdel Koudouss, Abdel Moniem Ismail, Zouzou Mady, Laila Mourad, Bechara Wakim, Abdel Warith Assir, Abdel Waress Assar, Mohammad Fadel, Amin Wahba



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Personal Double [saheb balin] (1946) - (Bechara Wakim)

Personal Double [saheb balin] (1946) - (Bechara Wakim) Egyptian film poster

This is a 23.5" x 35" first printing of an Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz to promote the 1946 Abbas Kamel film Personal Double [saheb balin] starring Bechara Wakim based on story, dialogue and screenplay by Abbas Kamel with cinematography by Very Verkash. The poster was printed by Raghaeb Printers and the film was produced and distributed by the Al-Ahram Studio. Plot summary: The wealthy Shuman Pasha discovered that one of the local people resembled him to a great extent. That was the embittered teacher Abbas who lived with his wife Radia. The pasha lived the life of a rich man in a social position with systems and rules in addition to collective responsibilities to the individual. He made an agreement with the teacher Abbas to change roles in life, because Abbas was fed up with poverty and need. Abbas fell in love with the pasha's maid, but everyone rejected that relationship because they were not socially equal. He told them the truth but they denied it and said he was crazy. Shuman Pasha, who had lost his memory, was living the homeless life and could not adapt to a life of poverty. After a few comic incidents the two met and traded places again. Everyone discovered this strange resemblance, which clarified the reason for the change in positions. Abbas married the wealthy man's maid and finally achieved security and social equality.

Cast and crew: Abbas Kamel, Very Varkash, Bechara Wakim, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Mimi Shakeeb, Ferdoos Mohammad, Mohammad Choukoukou, Ismail Yasseen, Soad Makawy, Sanaa Samih, Ya'qub Tanius, Lola Abdou, Tilly Mazlum, Mohammad Kamel, Hassan Kamel



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