Midaq Alley (1963) - (Shadia) Egyptian one-sheet
The poster pictured is a 27" x 39" stone lithograph showing the title of the film as the name of the protagonist Hamida (played by Shadia). The film is based on the 1947 novel zoqaq al-midaq by Naguib Mahfouz. Plot Summary: People of various nationalities and trades lived in Midaq Alley. This story is about Hamida and Hassan when he was treating her like a sister, but had no influence with her. Hamida was trying to leave poor Midaq and rise to a better life . Hamida was able to leave Midaq and work at the English prison in Abbasia where she met some of the English soldiers and supplied them with narcotics obtained in Midaq. Her mother could not control her. Abbas the barber was able to attract Hamida's attention for he loved her and wanted to marry her. She neither accepted nor refused but she was hoping for better. Abbas decided to go to the prison to get money. He went with Uncle Kamel the pastry seller to ask for Hamida's hand. She agreed to marry him after he returned. However Sayed Atwan the big merchant in Midaq wanted to marry Hamida too, even though he was already married. Hamida's mother refused to allow this even though Hamida was agreeable. However Sayed Atwan took a fall on the street and died of a heart attack a few days later. Ibrahim Farahat, who was running for Parliament, appeared in the neighborhood with Farag. Farag had succeeded in getting Hamida to go with him to the cinema. He then took her to his sumptious apartment where he tried to kiss her, but she ran away. The next day Hamida went to Farag without returning to Midaq, Farad turned his apartment into a dance school and nicknamed Hamida Titi. Abbas returned from vacation and did not find Hamida. Hussein quarreled with his father the old teacher who owned a coffee shop in Midaq and was planning to leave the neighborhood. The end of the war was announced, which embittered Farag. A drunken English soldier shot at Titi. She grabbed the gun, shot at Farag and he died. Abbas happened to be at the bar and he carried Hamida when she died at Midaq.
Cast and crew: Youssef Chaban, Naguib Mahfouz, Hassan Al Imam, Salah Kabil, Hassan Youssef, Abdel Waress Assar, Aly Hassan, Adly Kasseb, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Hassan el Baroudi, Aqila Ratib, Tewfik El Dekn, Souraya Helmy, Mohamed Reda, Choukoukou, Shadia, Samia Gamal, Hussein Riad