Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Shores of Love [شاطئ الغرام] (Laila Mourad) - (1950)

The Shores of Love (1964) - (Laila Mourad) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1950 Henry Barakat 125-minute black-and-white film The Shores of Love [shati al-gharam] starring Laila Mourad based on story and screenplay by Henry Barakat with dialogue by Ali Al-Zarkani and Youssef Isa and cinematography by Abelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: The Egyptian mediterranean resort of Mersa Matruh provides a picturesque setting for this romantic drama. Adel [Hussein Sedki] was a young man who did not know the meaning of love. He spent his time at racetracks, dance halls and in the arms of prostitutes. While on a beach vacation at Mersa Matruh, Adel fell in love with a schoolteacher named Laila [Laila Mourad] and asked her father for permission to marry her. The father agreed and Adel took Laila with him back to Cairo. Adel's aunt and her husband were surprised by his sudden marriage, because the aunt had been planning for him to marry her daugher Mona so she could use Adel's wealth to lift her family out of bankruptcy. On the other hand Adel's mistress Soheir [Taheya Cariocca] had also been hoping to marry him. The aunt devised a scheme to disrupt the marriage by accusing Laila of being unfaithful and she succeeded with it because Adel believed her. He sent Laila back to her father in Mersa Matruh. However Adel then learned his aunt was just after his money and that the accusation was false, so he went to Mersa Matruh to correct the mistake and bring his wife back to Cairo again.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Taheya Cariocca, Laila Mourad, Mohsen Sarhan, Hussein Sedki, Salah Mansour, Abdelhalim Nasr, Ali Al-Zarkani, Youssef Esa, Samiha Ayyoub, Stephan Rosti, Zaki Ibrahim, Gom'a Idris, Mimi Shakeeb, Mona, Edmond Tuema, Nahed Farid, Shafik Noureddin



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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Black Briefcase [الحقيبة السوداء] - (Shukry Sarhan) - (1964)

The Black Briefcase [al-haqibet al-sawda] (Shukry Sarhan) (1964) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster made to promote the 1964 83-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film The Black Briefcase [al-haqibet al-sawda] based on story and screenplay by Ahmed El Mola with cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. Plot summary: This is a complex crime thriller in which a briefcase filled with stolen money is passed from hand to hand in an elaborate cinematic shell game, until at the end the police arrest the one in possession of it just before he boards a plane for Beirut.

Cast and crew: Hassan El-Seify, Shukry Sarhan, Naima Akef, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Stephan Rosti, Mohammed Tawfik, Kamal Salaheddin, Zein El-Ashmawy, Laila Sadeq, Amal Ramzy, Sami Sarhan, Ahmed El Mola, Mostafa Hassan, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Susie Khairi, Zoheir Sabri, Laila Yousri, Mahmoud Lotfi, Youssef Chaban, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Hussein Ismail, Abdelrahman Abou Zahra, Kawsar Ramzy, Mona Hussein, Said Orabi, Fifian



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Hermine the Dancer (1959)



This is a short clip from the 1959 Egyptian film by El Sayed Bedeir, She Lived for Love, showing a performance by the dancer Hermine. Hermine is not famous and she is not in the same league as the great Egyptian dancers like Samia Gamal and Naima Akef, but she is the only one I know about who made her own dance poster. She Lived for Love is one of the five films I know where Hermine dances. Her dance is part of a wedding sequence and has no significance in the plot. This is the best clip I've seen of a dance by the poster girl Hermine.







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Sunday, January 26, 2014

She Lived for Love [عاشت للحب] - (Zubaida Tharwat) - (1959)

She Lived for Love (Zubaida Tharwat) (1991) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster made to promote the 1959 104-minute El Sayed Bedeir black-and-white film She Lived for Love ['ashat lil-hob] starring Zubaida Tharwat based on the novel The Ivy Vine [shagaret al-lablab] by Mohamed Abdel Halim Abdullah with dialogue by Salah Gowdet and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: Hosny [Kamal Al-Shennawi] was troubled while he was growing by his observations of marital infidelity by his relatives. When he grew up and went to medical school he lived in an apartment above the apartment inhabited by a woman Zainab [Zubaida Tharwat], fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. Then when she showed an interest in other men he decided not to marry her after all, thinking she was like the other women he had known in his youth. Under that influence of advice from Zainab's sister Rashida [Laila Taher] and his friend Khairat [Abdel Moneim Ibrahim] he eventually changed his mind and decided to marry her after all.

Cast and crew: El Sayed Bedeir, Zubaida Tharwat, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Laila Taher, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Abdelhalim Nasr, Hermine, Mohamed Abdel Halim Abdullah, Saleh Gowdet, Mary Ezzedine, Salwa Mahmoud, Aziza Helmy, Abdallah Gheith, Wedad Hamdy, Kamal Hussein, Mohamed Shawqi, Hussein Assar, Abdel Aziz Hamdy



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Shams al-Zanati [شمس الزناتي] - (Adel Imam) - (1991) Egyptian one-sheet

Shams al-Zanati (1991) - (Adel Imam) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a picture of a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Khad to promote the 1991 133-minute Samir Seif color film Shams al-Zanati starring Adel Imam based on the 1960 John Sturges film The Magnificent Seven with story, screenplay and dialogue by Magdy Hidaya and cinematography by Samir Farag. Plot summary: Shams al-Zanati [Adel Imam] was an Egyptian rebel who fought British forces in Egypt during the Second World War. The film depicts Shams al-Zanati's love for and eventual marriage to a young Bedouin widow named Hanna [Sausan Badr], which begins while Hanna is working in a Cairo coffee shop and helping Shams al-Zanati evade British agents. The marriage takes place in Hanna's oasis village after a bloody shootout there between Shams al-Zanati's insurgent gang and another gang led by Marshall Borei.

Cast and crew: Adel Imam, Mahmoud Hemida, Sawsan Badr, Samir Seif, Mustafa Metwalli, Abdulla Mahmoud, Ibrahim Nasr, Noha El Amroussi, Mahmoud El Guindi, Rushdi El Mahdi, Ahmed Maher, Said Tarabeek, Magdy Hidaya, Ali Abdel Rahim



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Shafiqa and Metwali [شفيقة ومتولي] - (Soad Hosny) - (1979)

Shafiqa and Metwali (Soad Hosny) (1979) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and Anise to promote the 1979 Aly Badrakhan 109-minute color film Shafiqa and Metwali starring Soad Hosny based on a story by Shawqi Abdel Hakim with screenplay and dialogue by Salah Jahine and cinematography by Abdelhalim and Mohsen Nasr. Plot summary: This film is director Aly Badrakhan's revised and very popular version of the timeless Egyptian tale of an honor killing in which a prostitute named Shafiqa [Soad Hosny] is murdered by her brother Metwali [Ahmed Zaki] for dishonoring his family. The story is set in the 19th Century during the construction of the Suez Canal [1859-1869] when Metwali is pressed into forced labor for the project leaving Shafiqa to the depredations of the lascivious male inhabitants of her village. In the Badrakhan version Shafiqa is shot by one of her lovers named Effendia [Gamil Ratib] to prevent her revealing secrets she has learned about his business dealings, just as the returning Metwali is about to stab her with his sword. Badrakhan's story, unlike the original moral drama, does not provide narrative support for the practice of honor killing. It makes a point of showing that the men in Shafiqa's life are just as guilty as she is in different ways and that ethical failings are distributed throughout society.

Cast and crew: Soad Hosny, Ahmed Mazhar, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Zaki, Aly Badrakhan, Gamil Ratib, Mahmoud El Guindi, Malek Al-Gamal, Hamza al-Shimi, Naima Al-Soghayar, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Bedir, Abdel Waress Assar, Younes Shalaby, Abdelhalim Nasr, Mohsen Nasr, Salah Jahine, Shawqi Abdel Hakim



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Shafiqa the Copt [شفيقة القبطية] - (Hind Rostom) - (1963)

Shafiqa the Copt [shafi'a al-ebtiya] (Hind Rostom) (1963) Egyptian film poster

This is a picture of a 27" x 39" undated Egyptian rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1963 Hassan Al Imam 108-minute color film Shafiqa the Copt [shafi'a al-'ebtia] starring Hind Rostom as Shafiqa based on a story by Galil Al-Badrawy with screenplay and dialogue by Mohamed Mustafa Samy and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: This biographical film portrays the life of Shafiqa the Copt, the most famous Egyptian dancer of the early 20th century, with Hind Rostom in the role of Shafiqa. Plot summary: Shafiqa was obliged to leave her only son in the care of her mother, who had banished Shafiqa from the home in deference to the demands of Shafiqa's conservative father. Although Shafiqa had a vast fortune and some of her best friends were important men in the government, the father did not permit her to see her son. Aziz grew up, came into his prime and fell in love with Soad, the daughter of Prime Minister Asad Pasha, who at the time was himself Known as the greatest lover in his government. Shafiqa formed a relationship with her son later. She invited him many times to her home without telling him she was his mother or that she was a famous dancer. In the presence of his daughter, Asad Pasha was indifferent to Aziz when he asked for her hand, but in turn the minister was indifferent to his wife because of Shafiqa's influence. He then ordered Aziz imprisoned and abandoned the dancer. Shafiqa's maid Bahia became the minister's consort after the theft of the assets of her mistress. Soad abandoned the life of the world, entered a convent and refused to marry Aziz after his escape from prison. Finally as she was dying in his arms, Aziz realized Shafiqa was his mother.

Cast and crew: Hind Rostom, Zizi El-Badrawy, Hassan Youssef, Fouad El-Mohandes, Hassan Al Imam, Amina Rizk, Hussein Riad, Fakher Fakher, Hamed Morsi, Gamal Ismail, Ibrahim Heshmat, Abdelhalim Nasr, Mohamed Mustafa Samy, Galil Al-Badrawy, Salwa Mahmoud, Abbas Rahmy, Mohammed Abaza, Sayed Darwish



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Freedom Seekers [الباحثات عن الحرية] - (dir: Inas Al Degheidy) - (2004) Egyptian one-sheet

Freedom Seekers (2004) - (dir: Inas Al Degheidy) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Morteza Anis to promote the 2004 Inas Al Degheidy 112-minute color film Seekers of Freedom [al-bahesat an al-horiyya] based on a story by Hoda El-Zain from the novel Ghaba min al-Shawq [forest of longing] with screenplay and dialogue by Rafiq As-Sabban and cinematography by Mohsen Ahmed. Plot summary: This film depicts the Paris experiences of Aida, an Egyptian art student, Amal, a Lebanese journalist and Soad, a Moroccan singer. All of them are displaced in some way and trying to find where they belong. Events lead to Aida's reunification with her son in Egypt, Soad's marriage to a French man and Amal's decision to murder a gun runner who has been pursuing her for sex.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Ezz, Sanaa Mouziane, Hesham Selim, Nicole Bardwel, Tamer Hagras, Inas Al Degheidy, Rafiq As-Sabban, Hoda El-Zain, Nicole Bardwel, Dalia El Behairy, Hoda El-Zein, Mohsen Ahmed, Samir Shamas, Basam Mo'ania, Mohammed Afifi, Talaat al-Sheikh, Marwan Hamad, Sayed Gabr, Abdel Moneim Mohamed, Asar Rostom, Grimi Bariba, Jean-Jacques Batier, Salaye Faridanat, Boris Moozafitsh



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Friday, January 24, 2014

The Secrets of Girls [ اسرار البنات] - (Naglaa Fathy) - (1969)

The Secrets of Girls (1969) - (Naglaa Fathy) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and Moaty to promote the 1969 Mahmoud Zulfikar 104-minute black-and-white film The Secrets of Girls [asrar al-banat] starring Naglaa Fathy based on a story by Adly El-Mowalid with screenplay and dialogue by Adly El-Mowalid, Abdel Fatah Al-Sayed and Farouk Said and cinematography by Kamal Korayem. Plot summary: This film is about lives of four schoolgirls, their family problems, their troubles at school and their relations with men. The end comes when three of them receive marriage proposals.

Cast and crew: Mahmoud Zulfikar, Naglaa Fathy, Hassan Youssef, Nelly, Youssef Fakhreddine, Nelly, Fatma Mazhar, Hala Fakher, Adly El-Mowalid, Abdel Fatah Al-Sayed, Farouk Said, Kamal Korayem, Badreddine Gamgoum, Adly Kasseb, Mimi Shakeeb, Tewfik El Dekn, Mohamed Reda, Nazim Shaarawy, Ibrahim Saafan, Fifi Youssef, Zizi Mustafa, Safinazi Qadri, Aleyah Abdel Monem, Qadria Kamel, Sayed Abdullah, Ahmed Abo Abeya, Abdel Moneim Bassioni



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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Secret Police [البوليس السري] - Ismail Yasseen 1961 Egyptian one-sheet

The Secret Police (1956) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Magdi William to promote the 1956 97-minute Fatin Abdel Wahab black-and-white film The Secret Police [al-bolis al-serri] starring Ismail Yasseen based on a story by Hashem Gom'ah with screenplay and dialogue by Ali El Zorkani and cinematography by Klelio. Plot summary: Esmail Effendi [Ismail Yasseen] was a police private who had the job of escorting a crazy person to a hospital for the mentally ill, but the crazy person got away from him. Ismail went to his uncle Abed [Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy] to get his help resolving the difficulty. The uncle decided he would take the crazy person's place at the hospital for the mentally ill, and then try to escape from the hospital. Ismail was then transferred to the anti-crime office where he had to work with Sergeant Major Bakir in his search for an unknown thief. Ismail and Bakir disguised themselves as Spaniards and infiltrated the gang. After a series of adventures they arrested the gang and Ismail was promoted to sergeant and received a reward, which he gave to his fiance Waza. When the crazy person was arrested Uncle Abed succeeded in proving that he was not crazy and got out of the hospital.

Cast and crew: Fatin Abdel Wahab, Hassan Fayek, Ismail Yasseen, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Zeinat Sedki, Tahany Rashed, Klelio, Ali El Zorkani, Hashem Gom'ah, Ahmed Louxor, Edmond Tuema, Mohamed Al-dib, Mousen Hassanein, Nazim Shaarawy, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Eskandar Monsi, Said Khalil



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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Secret of the Runaway [سر الهاربه] - (Soad Hosny)

The Secret of the Runaway [serr al-harebah] (Soad Hosny) (1963) Egyptian film poster

This is a 27" x 39" undated Egyptian rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1963 Houssam El-Din Mustafa 82-minute black-and-white film The Secret of the Runaway [serr al-harebah] starring Soad Hosny based on a story by Hassan Rashad with screenplay and dialogue by Fayek Ismail and cinematography by Mahmoud Fahmy. Cast and crew: Soad Hosny, Shukry Sarhan, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Nagah Salam, Hassan Rashad, Mahmoud Fahmy, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Fayek Ismail, Linda Badawy, Fawzi Darwish, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Souraya Fakhry, Qatquta



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The Second Wife [الزوجة الثانية ] (Soad Hosny) - (1967)

The Second Wife (1967) - (Soad Hosny) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1967 Salah Abouseif 111-minute black-and-white film The Second Wife [الزوجة الثانية az-zawget at-tania] starring Soad Hosny based on a story by Ahmed Rushdy Saleh with screenplay and dialogue by Mohammad Mostafa Sami and Sa'd al-Din Wahba and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: A village mayor [Salah Mansour] fancies a young woman named Fatma [Soad Hosny] in his village. There are two problems. First, his present wife Hafiza [Sanaa Gamil] does not want him to take a second wife, and second, the young woman the mayor desires already has a husband Aboul-Eyli [Shukry Sarhan] with children and they are a happy family with a lot of love for one another. The mayor does not care about these things, because he is the corrupt bad guy who already has a reputation for abusing and cheating his villagers. He forces the young woman's husband to divorce her so she can marry him, which he does, causing much pain and regret to himself, his wife and his children. The mayor marries the divorced woman and takes her into his home, but in a long series of comic evasive episodes she contrives never to sleep with him. The mayor, who was already sick, eventually dies. Fatma becomes a village hero for standing up for the village people against the mayor in his schemes to take their land, and after the mayor dies she returns to her husband, poor but happy. This is a social realist film with lots of accurate detail about life in an Egyptian village, directed by the late socialist director Salah Abouseif (1915-1996). This film may be realistic for its details about village life, but Fatma's successful evasion of the mayor's designs is probably not as realistic as the film suggests.

Cast and crew: Soad Hosny, Shukry Sarhan, Sanaa Gamil, Salah Mansour, Soheir El-Morshidy, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Salah Abouseif, Abdelhalim Nasr, Ahmed Rushdy Saleh, Muhammad Nuh, Mohammad Mostafa Sami, Hassan el Baroudi, Sa'd al-Din Wahba, Naima Al Soghayar, Ibrahim Al-Shami, Iskandar Mansy, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdy, Mohammad Idris, Ahmed Sami, Redwan Hafez



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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Search [الطريق] - (Rushdy Abaza)

The Search (Rushdy Abaza) (1964) Egyptian film poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1964 Houssam El-Din Mustafa 111-minute black-and-white film The Search [al-tariq] starring Rushdy Abaza based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz with secreenplay and dialogue by Hussein Helmy and cinematograpny by Wadid Serri. Plot summary: Saber al-Rahimi [Rushdy Abaza] resisted when his mother [Taheya Cariocca] was telling him while she was in prison about her scandalous past with his wealthy respectable father. It became his goal to find that father to save him from ruin and give him support and security. He left Alexandria to live in Cairo and on his long trip looking for his unknown father Saber found himself on his general life journey. He met Karima [Shadia] the wife of the owner of the hotel where he stayed. She was a woman softened by lust. Saber wooed her and at the same time he met Elham [Soad Hosny] at the newspaper Al-Akhbar al-Yom where he placed an advertisement looking for his father. A tender love story developed between the two of them but the sensous side developed between him and Karima, who came to his room at night and asked him to kill her husband [Hassan el Baroudi] to leave them free. He agreed to kill the husband but the police suspected him and went looking for him. Karima helped him flee and Elham tried to save him but the police lost no time arresting him and he was sentenced to death. According to film critic Sa'ad al-Din Tawfiq this is one of the top 100 Egyptian films.

Cast and crew: Rushdy Abaza, Shadia, Soad Hosny, Taheya Cariocca, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Naguib Mahfouz, Wadid Serri, Hassan el Baroudi, Mohammad Tawfik, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Hussein Helmy, Ahmed Louxor

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The Search for Love [الباحثة عن الحب] (Nadia Lutfi) - (1965)

Searching for Love (Nadia Lutfi) (1965) Egyptian stone litho film poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1965 Ahmed Diaeddin film The Search for Love [bahes an al-hob] starring Nadia Lutfi based on a story by Ezzat al-Khatib, screenplay and dialogue by Hussein Helmy and with cinematography by Mahmoud Fahmy. Plot summary: Nadia Lutfi plays the part of Nadia, a conservative young woman who goes through a series of stressful and unhappy love relationships, moving from an innocent romance with a neighbor to a failed marriage to a musician to a stormy encounter with an alcoholic and then back to a new beginning with her neighbor. The drinking, the quarrels, the stark simplicity of the mid-century modern decor and the contemporary Western styles of dress give this film a confused and alienated feel.

Cast and crew: Nadia Lutfi, Ahmed Diaeddin, Rushdy Abaza, Ahmed Ramzy, Nagwa Fouad, Mohamed Sultan, Mahmoud Fahmy, Hussein Helmy, Abdel Moneim Bassioni, Zeinat Sedki, Ezzedin Eslam, Fawzia al-Ansari, Saham Fathy, Fifi Said, Adly al-Sharqawy, Mokhtar Amin, Hussein Helmy, Ezzat al-Khatib



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Sayed Darwish [سيد درويش] - (Karam Metaweh) - (1966)

Sayed Darwish (1966) - (Karam Metaweh) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a picture of a 27" x 39" Egyptian stone litho poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1966 112-minute Ahmed Badrakhan black-and-white film Sayed Darwish starring Hind Rostom and Karam Metaweh based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Mostafa Sami with cinematography by Aly Hassan. Plot summary: This is a documentary film about the life of composer Sayed Darwish (1892 - 1923) [Karam Metaweh], who wrote the Egyptian national anthem and was also said by many to have been the father of Egyptian popular music. Hind Rostom has the part of a woman he loved named Jalila.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Badrakhan, Hind Rostom, Karam Metaweh, Aly Hassan, Amin El-Heinedy, Zizi Mustafa, Nahed Samir, Mostafa Sami, Adel Imam, Ashraf Al-Salahdar, Adib al-Tarablosi, Hani Shaker, Hussein Omar, Fatma Emara, Sherif Yehia



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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Samara [سمارة] - (Taheya Cariocca) - (1956)

Samaraa (Taheya Cariocca) (1956) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist for the 1956 139-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film Samara starring Taheya Cariocca based on story and screenplay by Mahmoud Ismail with dialogue by Abdel Moneim El-Sebai and cinematography by Mahmoud Nasr. Plot summary: This is an Egyptian noir style crime thriller, featuring a classy 1952 Packard Mayfair convertible as an Egyptian gang's vehicle of choice for its various criminal errands. Soltan [Mahmoud Ismail] was a big-time smuggler who loved Samara [Taheya Cariocca]. He married her and drew her into his criminal affairs; she became influential in the affairs of his gang. When the police sent an escaped convict named Abu Shefa [Mohsen Sarhan] into their midst as an informer, Samara fell in love with him. After Samara flirted with him playfully at a nightclub, Soltan's boss Wagih [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] also fell in love with Samara, although she did not feel the same way about him. Wagih, Samara and Soltan went to Suez together to receive a shipment of smuggled hashish. The police followed them there and monitored their activities. When the police were closing in later for a final arrest in Cairo they shot Samara while she was in Abu Shefa's arms.

Cast and crew: Hassan El-Seify, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Seraj Munir, El Sayed Bedeir, Stephan Rosti, Taheya Cariocca, Mohsen Sarhan, Mahmoud Ismail, Mahmoud Nasr, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Reyad El Kasabgy, Mohammed Tawfik, Mohammed Dib, Shafik Noureddin, Gamalat Zayed, Fouad Gafaar, Hussein Ismail, Awatef Youssef, Mohsen Hassanein, Abdel Moneim El-Sebai



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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Salama [سلامة] (Om Kolsum) - (1945)

Salama [سلامه] (1945) - (Om Kolsum) Egyptian stone litho film poster

This is an original 24" x 35.5" Egyptian stone lithograph poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1945 Togo Mizrahi 100-minute black-and-white film Salama [سلامه] starring Om Kolthum based on a story by Ali Ahmed Bakathir with dialogue and songs by Bayramn El Tounsi and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: This film is a musical melodrama showcasing the singing of Om Kolsum. As the film begins Salama [Om Kolsum] is shown passing in silence without returning a greeting from a man sitting with a group of friends. When asked why Salama did not return his greeting, the man tells her story. Salama once lived with her companion Shawq as a maid in the home of Sheikh Abu Wafa. She had a beautiful voice and developed songs during the day and sang them at night, until Sheikh Abu Wafa got tired of her songs and sold her and Shawq on the maid market. She was bought by a libertine named ibn Soheir who commercialized the voice of his new maid. Salama met and fell in love with a pious man named Sheikh Abdel Rahman al-Qos [Yehia Chahine] who was ridiculed for his love of a maid by the other Arabs. When ibn Soheir went bankrupt and sold his maids and all his property, Abdel Rahman came forward to buy her and marry her, but found that she had been summoned to the caliph's palace and had then fled the palace. Abdel Rahman looked for her and became ill; Salama came looking for him, only to find him just as he was breathing his last. The scene returns to Salama, her silence and the man relating the events of her life.

Soon after this film's release director Togo Mizrahi was accused of Zionism and forced out of Egypt. He died in exile in Italy. A brief biography is at cineplot here.



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Cast and crew: Om Kolsum, Yehia Chahine, Togo Mizrahi, Zouzou Nabil, Fouad Shafik, Abdel Waress Assar, Abdelhalim Nasr, Fakher Fakher, Stephan Rosti, Ali Ahmed Bakathir, Bayram El Tounsi, Yehia Chahine, Soad Zaki, Sharafnath, Ister Shatta, Mohamed Kamel, Rafia al-Baroudi, Abdel Qader al-Masiri



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