Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1962)

Letter from an Unknown Woman [resala min emraa Maghula] (1962) - (Farid Al Atrache) Egyptian film poster

Plot summary: The musician Ahmed Sami received a letter on the evening of his birthday. He was used to receiving flowers every birthday but this time he was reading a letter from a woman he did not know. Her name was Amal and she lived in front of him in his old home. She loved him without him knowing about it; she seldom saw him or had any reason to go into his home, but she knew his servant Ibrahim. However her mother had to get married and moved to another city. From time to time Amal looked at the home of her beloved who did not know her. One day he stopped his car for her, accompanied her to his home and she became pregnant by him, but he forgot her because she was just another girl to him. He lived the life of a musician. Amal worked in an office. The owner of the office offered to marry her but he knew there was another man in her life and he left her alone. Amal met her beloved one night but he did not remember her. He avoided her sonbut one day the son was hurt in an accident with a bus. The doctor said the type of blood the injured boy needed was rare. Amal was obliged to send her letter to Ahmed Sami, who came to the hospital on the evening of his birthday. He gave the blood to his son and married Amal after he learned about the length of time she had loved him. This film was directed by Salah Abouseif based on a 1922 novella by Stefan Zweig. That novella was also the basis for a 1948 movie with the same title starring Joan Fontaine.

Cast and crew: Farid Al Atrache, Lobna Abdel Aziz, Amina Rizk, Marie Munib, Salah Abouseif, Ezzat El Alaili, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Fakher Fakher, Hussein al-Sayed, Abdel Ghani Nagdi, Marie Ezzedine, Nawal Abul Foutouh, Fatthy Zaky, Wafia Khayry, El Sayed Bedeir, Aly Hassan, Stefan Zweig

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