Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Network of Death شبكة الموت (Nadia El Guindy) - (1990) Egyptian one-sheet

Network of Death (1990) - (Nadia El Guindy) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1990 Nader Galal 122-minute color film Network of Death [shabaket al-mawt] starring Nadia El Guindy based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Bachir El Dik with cinematography by Samir Farag. Plot summary: Nadia El Guindy plays the part of Nour Abdel Rahman, a widow whose daughter is addicted to drugs. In an effort to save her daughter, Nour gets involved with a gang smuggling drugs into Egypt from Greece. This is another film with many astonishing displays of expert marksmanship with pistols, showing scene after scene where victims are instantly killed by pistols fired by shooters who barely take the time to aim. These master gunmen appear on both the criminal and law enforcement sides.

Cast and crew: Nadia El Guindy, Farouk Al-Fichawi, Nader Galal, Yousef Fawzy, Samir Farag, Bachir El Dik, Nabil al-Helfawy, Osman Mohammad Ali, Ahmed Abdel Hadi

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Habaeb District حارة الحبايب (Sa'eed Saleh) - (1989) Egyptian one-sheet

Habaeb District (1989) - (Saeed Saleh) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian film poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1989 Hassan El-Seify 100-minute color film Habaeb District starring Saeed Saleh and Younes Shalabi based on a story by Morad Ali Amin with screenplay and dialogue by Kamal Salah Eddine and cinematography by Aly Khairollah. Plot summary: Sayed Ahmed Desouqi [Saeed Saleh] and Farouq Abdel Daem Ibrahim [Younes Shalabi] were distibutors of residential gas cannisters living in the Habaeb district. They loved two sisters whom they had promised to marry, but on their distribution rounds they met and fell in love with two other women. These two women, who were nightclub dancers, decided to set a trap for them. One of the women named Soraya [Nagwa Fouad] led the men to the apartment of Aziz, a jeweler, so she could steal his jewels and blame them. She got Sayed and Farouq drunk; when they became sober and saw the crime that had been committed, they fled the scene with the help of one of the building residents. A disagreement broke out between Soraya and her friend, because the stolen jewels were found to be fake. The police were notified, Soraya was arrested and Sayed and Farouq were exonerated and returned to the Habaeb district and their girlfriends.

Cast and crew: Sa'eed Saleh, Younes Shalabi, Nagwa Fouad, Nabila Karam, Naima Al Soghayar, Hassan Hussein, Hassan El-Seify, Aly Kheirolla, Magda Hamada, Mohamed Abo Hashish, Nsnils Karam, Fouad Khalil, Samira Sedki, Salah Yehia, Sayed Alam, Mahmoud Abuzaid



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Monday, December 30, 2013

Nasser 56 ناصر ٥٦- (Ahmed Zaki) - (1996) Egyptian one-sheet

Nasser 56 (1996) - (Mohamed Abdel Wahab) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Samir A. Moneim of Atelier Graphics House to promote the 1996 Mohamed Fadel film Naser 56 starring Ahmed Zaki based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Mahfouz Abdel Rahman with cinematography by Abdel Latif Fahmi, Essam Farid and Ibrahim Saleh. Plot Summary: 1956 was the year when on 26 July Gamal Abdel Nasser [Ahmed Zaki] nationalized the Suez Canal, followed by the Tripartite Invasion the same year, an unsuccessful effort by England, France and Israel to take the canal back. This historical drama carefully documents those events from the perspective of President Gamal Abdel Nasser with emphasis and attention given to his personal habits and family life and some original newsreel footage from the era.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Zaki, Mohamed Fadel, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Hassan Hosny, Ahmed Maher, Hani Ramzy, Mahmoud El-Bezzawy, Tareq El-Desouki, Abdula Farghali, Ahmed Khali, Mamdouh Wafi, Hasan Kami, Amina Rizk, Mahfouz Abdel Rahman, Abdel Latif Fahmi, Essam Farid, Ibrahim Saleh, Mahfouz Abdel Rahman, Ahmed Khalil, Shaaban Hussein, Adel Hashem, Rushdi El Mehdi, Mokhles El Behiry



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Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Mother-in-Law is an Angel حماتي ملاك Ismail Yasseen 1960 Egyptian one-sheet

My Mother-in-Law Is an Angel (1960) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is an undated Egyptian rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1960 Essa Karama 109-minute black-and-white film My Mother-in-Law Is an Angel [hamati malak] starring Ismail Yasseen as Khamis based on a story by Essa Karama with screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Fattah El-Said and cinematography by Satrollah Karama. Plot summary: Khamis the undertaker asked his girlfriend the maid Bar'u'a [Khayria Ahmed] to tell him about it if there were deaths in any of the homes where she worked so he could make the funeral arrangements. The maid told him her boss Sabri [Youssef Fakhr Eddine] had died of grief because of what his mother-in-law Fayeqa Hanem [Marie Munib] had done to him, and his wife was in mourning. Khamis went to the home to make the necessary funeral arrangements without knowing that Sabri was only pretending to be dead on the advice of his friend Kamal [Kamal Hussein] to get revenge against the mother-in-law and so he could find out how much his wife Samia [Amal Farid] loved him. Sabri also tried to frighten his mother-in-law by pretending to be his own ghost. In a comedic mishap Khamis knocked the supposedly dead Sabri unconscious, then put him in a cupboard and replaced it with another cupboard; when he was accused of losing the corpse he tried to find the original cupboard in a cinematic shell game with many identical antique cupboards similar to the one shown on the poster, in a hotel and at a furniture auction. When Samia tried to kill herself Sabri knew how much she loved him so he stopped pretending to be dead and hurried back home, where the mother-in-law went through a final scare scene when he reappeared.

Cast and crew: Essa Karama, Ismail Yasseen, Abdel Fattah El-Sayed, Marie Munib, Amal Farid, Youssef Fakhr Eddine, Khayria Ahmed, Mohamed Nabih, Satrollah Karama, Abdel Fattah El-Said, Kamal Hussein, Al-Doktor Shadid, Bijou, Abdel Hamid Badawi, Adib al-Tarabolsi, Mary Ezzedine



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My Honor كرامتي (Nagwa Ibrahim) - (1978) Egyptian one-sheet

My Honor (1978) - (Nagwa Ibrahim) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and Anis to promote the 1978 88-minute Ashraf Fahmy color film My Honor [karamati] starring Imad Abdel Halim and Nagwa Ibrahim based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Ahmed Abdel Wahab with cinematography by Ibrahim Saleh. Plot summary: Amal's husband Salah betrayed her so she decided to kill herself. Tareq tried to save her and calm her down, but she saw he was becoming attached to her and decided to go to Cairo, far away from him. He decided to follow her home to see where she lived. Salah went to her and expressed regret about what happened but she refused to go back to him at first. Later she was hurt in a traffic accident and agreed to resume their relationship when he visited her at a hospital. This film is largely a showcase for the singing of Imad Abdel Halim, in a romantic spirit reminiscent of Abdel Halim Hafez (1929-1977).

Cast and crew: Ashraf Fahmy, Sa'eed Saleh, Mohamed Khairi, Nagwa Ibrahim, Imad Abdel Halim, Ibrahim Saleh, Ahmed Abdel Wahab, An'am Salusa, Layla Fahmy, Nabil Badr, Aly El Cherif, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdi, Aly Ezzedin, Mazhar Abolnega, Hafez Amin

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Father Is up the Tree (1969) - (Abdel Halim Hafez)

My Father Is Up the Tree (1969) - (Abdel Halif Hafez) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease Egyptian one-sheet poster made to promote the 1969 142-minute Hussein Kamal color film My Father is up the Tree [abi fawq al-shagarah] based on a story by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus with screenplay by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Sa'deddine Wahba and Youssef Francis, dialogue by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus and Sa'eddine Wahba and cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: A group of university students went to Alexandria for summer vacation.Two of the students, a couple named Adel [Abdel Halim Hafez] and Amal [Mervat Amin], had a disagreement; then Adel fell in love with a much older worldly-wise nightclub dancer in town named Ferdoos [Nadia Lutfi]. Ferdoos invites Adel to live with her, gives him money and says she loves him, but he soon learns she has other men. Amal notices Adel's disappearance but does not know what has happened until one of Adel's friends finds him and tells her. Adel and Ferdoos fly to Lebanon together for a few dancing and singing scenes in various touristic settings. After Adel and Ferdoos return from Lebanon, Ferdoos is obliged to go back to hustling men to meet her expenses, for which Adel is not prepared. When he tries to go back to the gang at the beach, they all reject him and he is unable to restart his relationship with Amal. Adel's father [Imad Hamdi], having no word from his son, goes to Alexandria looking for him. There he meets one of the bar women and becomes involved with her, as Adel had done. One of Adel's friends from the beach gang finds him and tells him what his father is doing, and that his friends at the beach are willing to make amends. When he finds his father he tells him of his experiences and that he has learned from them. With sympathetic intervention from Ferdoos, father and son are reconciled and Adel reestablishes his relationship with Amal.

Cast and crew: Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Mervat Amin, Imad Hamdi, Amer al-Askari, Yusef Shahuri, Hussein Kamal, Wahid Farid, Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Samir Sabri, Salah Nazmi, Nabila El-Sayed, Fathy Abdul Sattar, Nahed Samir, Hamed Morsi, Youssef Francis



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My Dark Darling (1958) - (Taheya Cariocca, Samia Gamal)

My Dark Darling (1958) - (Taheya Cariocca, Samia Gamal) Egyptian one-sheet poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1958 104-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film My Dark Darling [habibi al-asmar] starring Taheya Cariocca and Samia Gamal based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Mahmoud Ismail and with cinematography by Abdel Aziz Fahmy. Plot Summary: Samara [Samia Gamal] was a poor girl with an abundance of femininity and beauty engaged to a mechanic named Ahmed [Shukry Sarhan], but her love for dance drew her to her neighbor, a dancer named Zakia [Taheya Cariocca]. She secretly went with Zakia to the hall where she worked. She met a weathy man there named Rostom [Youssef Wahby] who liked her and wanted to court her but she rejected him; she later changed her mind and married him, deciding this was her only way out of poverty; he worked on her appearance by buying her luxurious clothing and jewelry. When Samara's fiance learned she had unexpectly disappeared to marry the rich man, he became furious and swore he would take revenge against her. Zakia tried to calm him by ushering him into a relationship with an international trader [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] who took him on as an associate in a shady trading operation. In this operation Ahmed changed his name to Ibrahim and ran into Rostom and Samara by chance in Lebanon. Samara's husband also turned out to involved in criminal activity and when she saw Ahmed again in Lebanon they were not getting along. She tried to rekindle her relationship with Ahmed without success; Ahmed had found a new life. Rostom's assistant Semsem [Stephan Rosti] tried to kill Ahmed after Rostom has realized the nature of their former relationship. Ahmed survived the murder attempt; then Zakia and Ahmed began to form a relationship, but Zakia was killed by Semsem in a domestic shootout in Rostom's sumptious home in Lebanon. When Samara and Rostom returned to Cairo Rostom was shot by the police. Ahmed and Samara were left alone together in Cairo at last to pick up the pieces in their old relationship.

Cast and crew: Hassan El-Seify, Samia Gamal, Taheya Cariocca, Youssef Wahby, Shukry Sarhan, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Mahmoud Ismail, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Stephan Rosti, Shafik Noureddin, Souraya Fakhry, Mohammed Tawfik, Riri



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Friday, December 27, 2013

My Country and My Love وطني وحبي (Hussein Sedki) - (1960) Egyptian one-sheet

My Country and My Love (1960) - (Hussein Sedki) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1960 119-minute Hussein Sedki black-and-white film My Country and My Love [watani wa hobi] starring Hussein Sedki based on a story by Fouad al-Qasas and Hussein Sedki with dialogue by Mohammad Mostafa Sami and cinematography by Mohamed Abdel Azim. Plot summary: Hussein Sedki has the part of an army officer named Wahid on a secret mission to Damascus tracking a gang that is plotting against his country. In his travels Wahid meets and falls in love with a journalist named Hala [Hala Shawkat] and eventually captures and destroys the gang.

Cast and crew: Hussein Sedki, Mohamed Abdel Azim, Fouad Al-Qasas, Mohamed Mostafa Sami, Omar El-Hariri, Hassan el Baroudi, Salah Mansour, Abdel Ghani Kamar, Hala Shawkat, Samia Rushdy, Hassan Ismail, Ali Rushdy, Nazim She'rawy, Abbas Rahmy, Zaki Ibrahim



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Blood and My Tears and My Smile دمي ودموعي وابتسامتي (Naglaa Fathy) - (1973) Egyptian one-sheet

My Blood and My Tears and My Smile (1973) - (Naglaa Fathy) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz and Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 109-minute 1973 Hussein Kamal color Film My Blood and My Tears and My Smile [dami wa damu'i wa ebtesameti] starring Naglaa Fathy based on a story by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus with screenplay and dialogue by Mohammad Mostafa Sami and Kawsar Heikal and cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: Nahed was an attractive young woman living an unstable life of financial difficulties with her mother, her father and her brother Mohammad, and she had an innocent romantic relationship with a fellow student named Essam. When a wealthy man named Salim asked her father for her hand in marriage, after much pressure from family and after finding that Essam was not willing to commit himself to a marriage, she agreed to go along, because Salim was willing to pay a bride price to her family large enough to save them from financial hardship. This meant she had to leave Egypt and her boyfriend to go to Lebanon to be with Salim in his opulent manion. Salim turned to be a corrupt and abusive liar, so she divorced him and managed with great difficulty to get herself back to Egypt, to the great distress of her family. She then married an attorney named Mamdouh, who wanted her as a trophy wife so he could get into a higher social position. She soon divorced Mamdouh and then became the mistress of a millionaire named Abbas, with whom she became an international traveler. After a few years she ran into Essam again, who was the only real love of her life and with whom she had experienced the only moments of purity she had ever known. By the time she saw Essam again she had changed so much she knew she was was no longer the person he had once known and asked him to stay away. The memories of the happy relationship she had once known with Essam were enough for her.

Cast and crew: Hussein Kamal, Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Salah Nazmi, Ahmed Al-Gezeiry, Wahid Farid, Naglaa Fathy, Nour El-Sherif, Hussein Fahmy, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Kawsar Heikal, Mohammad Mostafa Sami, Fathia Chahine, Mohamed Yahya, Kawsar Safiq, Nabila Nabolsy, Soheil Ne'mani, Idris bin Kiran



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Music, Espionage and Love موسيقي و جاسوسية و حب (Shams El-Barudy) - (1971) Egyptian one-sheet

Music, Espionage and Love (1971) - (Shams El-Barudy) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz to promote the 1971 Nour El-Demerdash 91-minute black-and-white film Music Espionage and Love [musiqi wa gasusia wa hob] starring Shams El-Barudy with story. screenplay and dialogue by Ihab Al-Azhari and cinematography by Mahmoud Nasr. Plot summary: This is a black-and-white musical with low production values using pharaonic dance themes with a bit of Latin American music thrown in. Against this backdrop a foreign spy, who is also one of the performers, has a change of heart about his espionage mission and exposes himself for the sake of Egypt, which he believes is betrayed by his mission. He is rewarded for this with the privilege of remaining with his family in his beloved Egypt.

Cast and crew: Nour El-Demerdash, Mahmoud Nasr, Shams El-Barudy, Adel Adham, Galal Issa, Abbas Fares, Ibrahim Khan, Ihab al-Azhari, Mahmoud Nasr

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mouths and Rabbits [افواه و ارانب] (Faten Hamama) - (1977)

Mouths and Rabbits [افواه و ارانب] (1977) - (Faten Hamama) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Moaty to promote the 1977 105-minute Henry Barakat color film Mouths and Rabbits [afwah wa araneb] based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Samir Abdelazim with cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: Ne'ma [Faten Hamama] fled her town after her sister [Ragaa Hussein] had arranged a marriage for her to an illiterate man named al-Bastawi [Aly El Cherif]. She found work on the land of the weathy Mahmoud Bey [Mahmoud Yassine]. She became assiduously careful about Mahmoud's wealth and clashed with the estate's overseer over how to sell the crops for the best price. Mahmoud liked this so much he put her in charge of his personal affairs at his home. He was preparing to marry Nahi [Inas Al Degheidy] who became jealous of Ne'ma. Abdel Magid [Farid Shawqi] prepared a contract for Ne'ma to marry al-Bastawi while Nahi told Mahmoud he had to choose between her and Ne'ma. Mahmoud refused to fire Ne'ma, prompting Nahi to cancel their engagement. Mahmoud's liking for Ne'mat became love and he asked her to marry him, which she eventually did after cancelling the arrangements Abdel Magid had made with al-Bastawi. In contrasting Ne'ma's poverty-stricken heavily populated rural family life with Mahmoud's more solitary wealthy urban life, the film and its title seem to be suggesting large families are partly responsible for Egypt's poverty.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Inas Al Degheidy, Samir Abdelazim, Mohsen Mohieddin, Mahmoud Yassine, Faten Hamama, Ragaa Hussein, Farid Shawqi, Wahid Farid, Abu Bakr Ezzat, Hassan Mustafa, Salah Nazmi, Wedad Hamdy, Hussein Assar, Magda El-Khatib, Aly El Cherif, Hussein El-Sherbini, Nahi Barakat, Mazhar Abolnega, Mohammad al-Saqa, Seifeddin Mokhtar



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Al-Aqmar الاقمر (Nadia Lutfi) - (1978) Egyptian one-sheet

Al-Aqmar (1978) - (Nadia Lutfi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz and Moaty to promote the 1978 Hisham Abu El-Nasr 90-minute color Film Al-Aqmar starring Nadia Lutfi based on screenplay and dialogue by Ahmed Abdel Salam, Hisham Abu El-Nasr and Fayez Ghaly with cinematography by Mohsen Nasr. Plot summary: The story revolves around the lives of Cairo's lower classes living in the al-Gamalia neighborhood near the Al-Aqmar mosque, which was the second mosque built in Egypt (1125 A.D.). As the film begins the people of the neighborhood have been told the mosque is to be destroyed and replaced by a school. They all object to this and there is something of a local uprising. Against this backdrop a few unrelated romances and killings are shown along with some popular religious rituals, then the happy ending comes when the people are told a decision has been made not to destroy the mosque after all.

Cast and crew: Soheir El-Barouni, Aziza Helmy, Nadia Zaghloul, Nour El-Sherif, Nadia Lutfi, Hisham Abu El-Nasr, Salah Mansour, Sa'eed Saleh, Mohi Ismail, Mohsen Nasr, Ahmed Abdel Salam, Fayez Ghaly, Ibrahim Abdel Razaq, Tareq Hashem, Naima Al Soghayar, Wala Farid, Mohammad Agami, Ahmed Hussein, Hoda Zaki, Ezzat Abdel Gawad, Said Madbouli

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The Beast Within االوحش داخل الانسان (Mahmoud Yassine) - (1981) Egyptian one-sheet

The Beast Within (1981) - (Mahmoud Yassine) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Morteda Anise to promote the 1981 Ahshraf Fahmy 90-minute color film The Beast Within [al-wahsh dakhel al-insan] based on the 1867 Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin with screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Hay Adib and cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: Sodfa suffered because of her husband Sayed, who was her idiotic cousin. They lived together in his mother's house in Abu Qir. After returning from the completion of his studies, Mahmoud began supervising a brick factory owned by Sayed's mother. This upset Sodfa, who had been in a relationship with Mahmoud. Mahmoud confirmed his love and she asked him to marry her after she asked for a divorce from Sayed, who admitted he had overheard them talking. Mahmoud got into a fight with Sayed and Sodfa encouraged him to kill him. Mahmoud met the dancer Lawahez, which made Sodfa jealous and they quarreled. The mother learned the truth about her son's murderer after she overheard a conversation between the lovers and she became paralyzed. Lawahez was murdered and the police called Sodfa as a witness. Mahmoud thought the police had discovered their crime. He wrote a letter of confession to exonerate Sodfa and gave it to one of the people in town; when Mahmoud learned the truth he went with Sodfa to try to recover the letter before it was given to the police, but they were both killed when their car crashed into the sea.



Cast and crew: Ashraf Fahmy, Sa'eed Saleh, Salah El-Saadany, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Nahed Sherif, Mahmoud Yassine, Emile Zola, Hayatem, Wahid Farid, Abdel Hay Adib



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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Money and Women مال ونساء (Youssef Wahby) - (1961) Egyptian one-sheet

Money and Women (1961) - (Soad Hosny) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Ahmed Fouad to promote the 1961 Hassan Al Imam 134-minute black-and-white film Money and Women [mal wa nisa'] starring Soad Hosny with screenplay by Mohamed Osman, dialogue by Abdel Rahman Sherif and cinematography by Abdel Aziz Fahmy. The film was produced by the Nihas Studio. Plot summary: Shahata [Youssef Wahby] worked at a civil hospital known for its good ethics. He crusaded against embezzlement at work and therefore all the employees feared him and made sure anything suspicious they did was not evident to him, while at the same time he watched them closely. Shahata lived with his daughter Ne'mat [Soad Hosny] and his wife [Amina Rizk]. A low-ranking employee named Hussein [Salah Zulfikar] came to court Ne'mat but Shahata found himself in a bind because he was unable to properly outfit his daughter. He asked the company for an advance, but the office refused. A corrupt employee offered to lend him some money in exchange for a security deposit, but Shahata then discovered the employee had embezzled this money. The employees plotted against Shahata. One of them set the hospital treasury on fire on one of the nights of Ramadan. Shahata was burned to death when he rushed in to salvage the contents.

Cast and crew: Amina Rizk, Hassan Al Imam, Soad Hosny, Salah Zulfikar, Youssef Wahby, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Mohamed Osman, Abdel Rahman Sherif, Fakher Fakher, Tewfik El Dekn, Nagwa Fouad, Neemat Moukhtar, Mohamed al-Dib, Salwa Mahmoud, Ragaa Hussein, Mohamed Sabin, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Hussein Ismail, Mohammad Shawqi, Awatef Youssra, Kamal al-Zeyni

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Mister Karate مستر كاراتية (Ahmed Zaki) - (1993) Egyptian one-sheet

Mister Karate (1993) - (Ahmed Zaki) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Morteda Anise to promote the 1993 111-minute Mohamed Khan color film Mister Karate starring Ahmed Zaki (1949-2005) based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Raouf Tawfik with cinematography by Kamal Abdel Aziz. Plot summary: After Salah [Ahmed Zaki] gets his intermediate educational certificate he moves from his village to Cairo to take a job parking cars at the garage where his late father had once worked. He meets Nadia [Nahla Salama] who works in a video shop next to the garage. She introduces him to the Karate films she is selling and an innocent friendship develops between them. He also becomes friends with a Karate coach named Hassan, [Ibrahim Nasr] who gets him into advanced training at a sports club and gives him the nickname Mister Karate. Salah is injured in a traffic accident and comes out of the hospital with a pronounced limp. He leaves his job at the garage and goes to work parking cars at another garage. There he occasionally uses his karate skills against local thugs and gets favorable attention from a wealthy man; this represents a positive move from the life of a homeless person with no purpose to that of someone with slightly greater significance. When Salah discovers bags of heroin in the trunk of the wealthy man's car, he is beaten up by the man's gang. Nadia discovers she cannot live without Salah and agrees to marry him despite his poverty; they go together to his village where they become farmers after all their dreams in the city have fallen through. In a March 2005 interview shortly before his death Ahmed Zaki said he regretted the title because the film is really about the troubles of a simple man trying to survive in Cairo.

Cast and crew: Mohamed Khan, Ihab Muntasir, Ibrahim Nasr, Nahla Salama, Zouzou Nabil, Mamdouh Wafi, Zouzou Nabil, Ahmed Zaki, Kamal Abdel Aziz, Raouf Tawfik, Nader Noureddine, Osman Abdel Moneim, Alaa Morsi, Wahid Agami, Hassan al-'adl, Ezzat Kamel, Fouad Ferghali, Ahmad Abutaleb, Sabah Mahmoud, Mahmoud Alwan, Ali Ragab, Hamdi al-Naggar, Said al-Tuhami, Gamal al-Toukhi



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The Mirror المراية (Naglaa Fathy) - (1970) Egyptian one-sheet

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The Mirror (1970) - (Naglaa Fathy) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian film poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Fouad to promote the 1970 Ahmed Diaeddin 89-minute black-and-white film The Mirror [al-maraya] starring Naglaa Fathy as Karima based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Mohieddin Aref with cinematography by Adel Abdel Azim. Plot summary: Karim's [Abdel Moneim Madbouly] first daughter Karima had breathtaking beauty. She loved a boy named Kamal [Samir Sabri] whose wealth she envied, but at the same time she was madly in love with her cousin, an ambitious engineer named Ahmad [Nour El-Sherif]. Meanwhile her sister Hoda's life had long been limited since her cousin had been chosen as a husband and they loved each other. The mother pushed her daughter Karima towards Kamal, but Karima's heart was with Ahmad. In light of Karima's ambivalence Ahmad saw no way out other than a relationship with his colleague Safa, while Kamal distanced himself from Karima and married a rich girl. Karima had fallen victim to her own ambivalence. Meanwhile her sister Hoda introduced her to an Arabic language teacher at the school where she worked, professor Younes, and tried to present her to him as a bride, but he quickly discovered she was worthless because she did not know how to do anything around the house. She was so interested in clothing and decorations that she became sick, and in the efforts by the physician, the sister, her husband and the father to heal Karima, Hamdi sent a letter to summon Ahmad to come and cure Karima, but she could not accept his marriage. She tried to separate them but failed and became disgusted with her own life. She rejected her mother's advice about making a new commitment to the completion of her studies.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Diaeddin, Naglaa Fathy, Mohammad Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Fouad, Nour El-Sherif, Adel Imam, Zizi Mustafa, Zuzu Shakeeb, Amal Ramzy, Abdel Moneim Madbouly, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Mimi Shakeeb, Adel Abdel Azim, Samir Sabri, Ibrahim Saafan, Malek Sokar, Taghrid al-Bashbishi, Ahmed Abu Abih, Ibrahim Nasr, Nagi Sayed, Mohieddin Aref, Salah al-Eskanderani



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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Mawardy Cafe قهوة المواردي (Farid Shawqi) - (1982) Egyptian one-sheet

The Mawardy Cafe (1982) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1982 124-minute Hisham Abu El-Nasr color film The Mawardy Cafe ['ahwet al-mawardy] starring Farid Shawqi based on a story by Ahmed Galal with screenplay and dialogue by Mohsen Zayed and cinematography by Abdel Moneim Bahnassy. Plot summary: Hassanein Abu Sena [Youssef Chaban] got out of prison after killing one of the residents of his building. Fear overtook the people in his neighborhood because of his domination. Abu Sena persuaded some of the people to leave their apartments in his building in exchange for money and he converted those units into commercial shops and import-export offices. Abu Sena convinced Ghabasha [Hassan Hosny] to rent a furnished apartment to a wealthy Arab named Redwan. A journalist named Ahmad [Farouk Al-Fichawi] recorded the changes that had been happening in the neighborhood but his editor refused to publish his articles. Safrut [Abdel Salam Mohamed] liked Farawla [Nabila Ebeid] but she rejected him. He therefore quit his job working in the coffee house owned by her father al-Mawardy [Farid Shawqi] and left the neighborhood. Al-Mawardy married his mistress Ragaa after having problems with Abu Sena. Ghabasha pressured his niece Warda [Maha Osman] to marry Redwan, but on the wedding day she fled to Alexandria. She also liked her neighbor the student Mamdouh [Farid Mahmoud], but he had no feelings for her. Safrut returned to the neighborhood after becoming wealthy. Abu Sena and Safrut made an agreement with Ghabasha to kill Ahmad on the night of his marriage to Farawla. Al-Mawardy divored his wife Ragaa. Ahmad's friend Shabaan [Mamdouh Abd El Aleem] collected his articles about the neighborhood and published them in a book of memories. When Mamdouh read what Ahmed had written about him he recognized his mistake and went back to Warda in Alexandria. The two of them married in a celebration in the neighborhood. Abu Sena died at the hands of unknown murderers.

Cast and crew: Hisham Abu El-Nasr, Farid Shawqi, Nabila Ebeid, Mohsen Zayed, Ahmed Galal, Mamdouh Abd El Aleem, Alim Abdel Monem, Alia Abdel Monem, Farouk Al-Fichawi, Hafez Amin, Youssef Chaban, Naima El Soghayar, Hassan Hosny, Abdel Salam Mohamed, Ibrahim Nasr, Maha Osman, Nadia Zaghloul, Abdel Moneim Bahnassy, Mahmoud Amer, Qadria Kamel, Nader Fathollah, Farid Mahmoud



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