Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ashour the Lion-Hearted عاشور قلب الاسد (dir: Hussein Fawzi) Egyptian one-sheet

Ashour the Lion-Hearted (1961) - (dir: Hussein Fawzi) Egyptian one-sheet

This film was directed by Hussein Fawzi based an idea by Rushdy Abaza, screenplay and dialogue by Ahmed Kamel Hefnawy, cinematography by Klelio. Ashour was a person with a delicate constitution. He tried to overcome this by exercising at a gym, hoping to win the heart of a girl there. He heard about the invention of a strange injection that could make him strong. He tried it and became strong. He became a champion at many games and he was famous everywhere. He was also able to get the attention of his love Amal, who liked him because he was the strongest man. However while exercising he lost his strength and Amal left him. Then he found a pure girl who loved him and stood by him.

Cast and crew: Nagwa Fouad, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Hussein Fawzi, Rushdy Abaza, Abdel Salam Al-Nabulsy, Zahrat El-Ola, Taheya Cariocca, Klelio, Ahmed Kamel Hefnawy, Mohamed Abdel Aziz

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Eternal Love (1952)

Eternal Love [habib al-ruh] (1952) - (Anwar Wagdi) Egyptian stone litho film poster

This film was directed by its star Anwar Wagdi with cinematography by Wahid Farid. It tells the story of a talented woman (Laila Mourad) who gives up a promising musical career for the benefit of a husband who needs her and demands that she devote herself to him instead of her life as a performer. The poster was designed by Gasour.

Cast and crew: Youssef Wahby, Mimi Shakeeb, Ferdoos Mohammed, Ibrahim Emara, Wedad Hamdy, Abdel Nabi Mohammed, Wahid Farid, Anwar Wagdi, Laila Mourad, Salah Mansour

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1001 Nights (1964) Shadia Egyptian one-sheet

A Thousand and One Nights [alf layla wa layla] (1964) - (Shadia) Style A Egyptian film poster

In this film director Hassan Al Imam, screenplay and dialogue writer Mohamed Moustapha Sami and cinematographer Abdelhalim Nasr join forces with the help of an all-star cast to play the role of the mythical storyteller Scheherezade as she spins in the language of cinema one of her many tales of desert mystery, magic, palace intrigue, mendicant effrontery and sexual desire. The poster was designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz.

Cast and crew: Shadia, Farid Shawqi, Leila Fawzi, Hassan Al Imam, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Youssef Chaban, Fakher Fakher, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Mohamed Moustapha Sami, Nahed Sabri, Mohamed Awad, Aleyah Abdel Monem, Gawaher, Salwa Mahmoud, Zein El-Ashmawy, Mohamed Sabih

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Bullet is Still in My Pocket الرصاصة لاتزال في جيبي (Mahmoud Yassine) - (1974) Egyptian one-sheet

The Bullet Is Still in My Pocket (1974) - (Mahmoud Yassine) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian 27" x 39" one-sheet poster designed by Wahib Fahmy and Mohammad Abdel Aziz for the 1974 Houssam El-Din Mustafa film The Bullet Is Still in My Pocket based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus and starring Mahmoud Yassine as Mohammad. In his 1998 Al-Ahram article "Victory at the Box Office" Hani Mustafa lists it as one of several dealing with the 1973 war that depict Egyptian society in crisis. This one follows the soldier Mohammad (Mahmoud Yassine) as he returns to his village in defeat after the 1967 war, where he is met with contempt and derision. His cousin Fatima, (Nagwa Ibrahim) the girl he loves, has been raped by high official Abbas (Youssef Chaban); Mohammad decides to avenge her by killing Abbas, but fortunately he finds an outlet for his frustration when the 1973 war breaks out. The film has glorified reenactments of various facets of the Egyptian Suez crossing but it completely omits the Israeli counterattack on the other side of the canal. This time when Mohammad returns to his village he is welcomed as a hero by his fellow citizens and Abbas is exposed as a rapist. Mohammad marries Fatima with the bullet still in his pocket.

Cast and crew: Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Mahmoud Yassine, Nagwa Ibrahim, Hussein Fahmy, Sa'eed Saleh, Youssef Chaban, Houssam El-Din Mustafa

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Farewell Song (1977)

Farewell Song [ogniet al-weda'] (1977) = (Abdel Halim Hafez) Egyptian film poster

This is a rare poster for the film of Abdel Halim Hafez's (1929-1977) last concert in Paris, produced by Youssef Chahine, directed by Ahmed Rachedi, poster art by Hassan Mazhar Gasour. The Arabic legend on the poster translates as "Halim sang for the last time in Paris and the entire world sang with him."

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As You Like (1952)

As You Like [ala kayfak] (1952) - (Taheya Cariocca) oversize Egyptian film poster (36" x 47")

This film was directed by Helmy Raflah with story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary. Cinematography was by Bruno Salvi. Plot summary: A young man celebrated his wedding day but it was discovered that night that a child was attributed to him. The child's grandfather learned about this and appeared to demand that the bridegroom marry his daughter after going back to her. The young man was innocent of this accusation, but the only solution was to find the boy who had gotten the girl pregnant and have him marry her. Otherwise he would have to refuse to complete the marriage after being accused about the child. The only way out for the boy they were looking for was to claim insanity and commit himself. The bridegroom learned he had done and went to visit him. The boy emphasized his innocence and then the bride agreed to the completion of the marriage.

Cast and crew: Taheya Cariocca, Leila Fawzi, Ismail Yasseen, Mohsen Sarhan, Aziz Osman, Wedad Hamdy, Aida Kamel, Nour El-Demerdash, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Helmy Rafla, Bruno Salvi, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Gamalat Zayed, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Kamal Hussein, Negah Salam, Zaki Ibrahim

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Appointment with Love موعد غرام (Faten Hamama) - (1956) Egyptian one-sheet

Appointment with Love

(1956) - (Faten Hamama) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster by an unknown artist for the 1956 Henry Barakat film Appointment with Love based on a story by Youssef Issa, screenplay by Henry Barakat and starring Fatan Hamama as Nawal. Plot summary: Nawal worked as a magazine editor and lived with a friend who ran a flower shop. Returning from Alexandria on a press trip she ran into a young man on the train who had nothing to do but chase girls and follow horse races. Samir [Abdel Halim Hafez] tried to flirt with her but she withdrew from him and kept him in his place. He followed her to the magazine office and everywhere she went but she kept him away and refused to hear his love and confidences. There was another young man who owned a factory and wealth and loved her in noble silence. He tried to win her heart and favor with fashion, flattery and respect. Samir thought she loved this wealthy boy Kamal [Imad Hamdi] and avoided her. Nawal then felt kindness towards him. She even went to Alexandria on holiday to stay at the hotel where he was saying. When she met him she did not drive him away as she had been doing and agreed to go out with him. She urged him to use his beautiful voice to perform songs and become a person of value in life. On the same night Samir confessed his love to her and she was happy about it, Kamal asked her to become his wife and she confessed to him that she loved Samir. Samir returned to Cairo to begin his life as an artist, to try to suceed and become worthy of Nawal. However Nawal was afflicted with paralysis in her thighs and went to the hospital under care of Kamal, who had been assigned to her. She refused to tell Samir what had happened to her because she did not want to impose herself on him in that condition and she did not want his love to become mere sympathy. She persuaded her friend to tell him she had married Kamal. This hurt Samir and he decided to go abroad on an artistic trip. Then he learned the truth and went back to her.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Faten Hamama, Abdel Halim Hafez, Imad Hamdi, Zahrat El-Ola, Rushdy Abaza, Kamal Karim, Yussef Issa, Wahid Farid, Abdel Moneim Bassioni, Abdel Rahim El Zarkany

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Puppeteer (1989)

The Puppeteer [al-aragoz] (1989) - (Omar Sharif) Egyptian film poster

This film was directed by Hany Lasheen. Plot summary: The puppeteer Mohammad Gad Al-Karim taught his son Bohlul, who later completed his higher education. Mohammad married a beautiful carnival worker named En'am, who loved his profession and was not embarrassed by it. However Mohammad's educated son Bohlul tried to distance himself from his class. Bohlul asked his father to leave his old profession and stay at home, because he had come under the influence of a corrupt pasha, had married the pasha's daughter and set his sights on winning a seat in Parliament. The father sticks with his principles hoping to rekindle Bohlul's ethics and idealism. En'am bears a new son for Mohammad who grows up to become a new puppeteer with the ethics, characteristics and class attributes of a puppeteer. The poster was designed by Nagy Shaker.

Cast and crew: Omar Sharif, Mervat Amin, Hesham Selim, Salwa Khattab, Hany Lasheen, Mohsen Ahmed, Ahmed Khalil

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Appointment with Life موعد مع الحياة (Faten Hamama) - (1954) Egyptian rerelease one-sheet

Appointment with Life (1954) - (Faten Hamama) rerelease Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by an unknown artist for an undated rerelease of the 1954 Ezzel Dine Zulficar musical Appointment with Life based on Edmund Golding's 1939 film Dark Victory, screenplay by Ezzel Dine Zulficar and Yussef Issa and starring Faten Hamama as Amal. Plot summary: Engineer Ahmed [Shukry Sarhan] loved Amal and lived with her in the same house with her friend Fatma, [Shadia] daughter of the farm overseer. Fatma loved the doctor Mamdouh, [Omar El-Hariri]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 Ahmed 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. Ahmed understood the situation and Amal's secret she had been trying to keep from him. Amal was ready to marry Ahmed and Fatma agreed to marry Dr. Mamdouh.

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

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tex and the Lord of the Deep (1985)

Tex and the Lord of the Deep [Tex Willer e il signore degli abissi], Egyptian one-sheet

This film directed by Duccio Tessari is an interpretation of the adventures of the hero Tex from the comic strip by Bonelli. It is a spaghetti western fantasy that blends magic and mythology with six-guns and stagecoaches. By the time this film was released the spaghetti western had gone into decline and this film, although fascinating, receved only a TV release in Italy. The film's star Giuliano Gemma was 47 at the time and he continued making films for another 22 years until 2007. This Egyptian poster was designed by Ahmed Fouad, following closely the design of the Italian one-sheet. The Arabic text in red says "Tex the Avenger"; the black text above that says Giuilano Gemma, then above that in smaller black print it gives the name of the Egyptian Distributor, Aflam al-Salam, 19 Abdel Khaleq Sarwat Street. Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi gives a brief plot summary in The New York Times.

Cast and crew: Duccio Tessari, Giuliano Gemma, William Berger, Giorgio Bonelli, Giovanni L. Bonelli, Carlo Mucari, Isabel Russinova, Peter Berling, Flavio Bucci, Aldo Sambrell, Jose Luis de Villallonga, Riccardo Petrazzi, Pietro Torrisi

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Apple of Their Eye (1966) Hind Rostom Egyptian one-sheet

Apple of Their Eye (1966) - (Hind Rostom) Egyptian film poster

Directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab, cinematography Abdel Aziz Fahmy, screenplay and dialogue by Ismail Al-Qadi and Fathi Zeki. Plot summary: Galila was a young girl who lived with her mother's husband. He was always making her steal from the customers at a tavern he managed, where her sister was a dancer. Galila decided to stop stealing. One night she fled the tavern and went to a distant village. She turned up at the home of Youssef Bey who had taken her in to work in his home. Galila's presence soon caused many problems for she was a beautiful girl who attracted the attention of both the father Youssef and the son Hassan, who worked as a veterinarian, as well as Shaaban the school superintendent who tried to rape her. They all wanted to get close to Galila. Shaaban discoverd the truth about Galila and she found herself surrounded by harsh language. The father and the son fell in love with her. Galila decided to leave the farm. Hassan was hurt. Galila returned to her mother's husband leaving an open question at the end of the film: would she marry Hassan or not?

Cast and crew: Hind Rostom, Yehia Chahine, Fatin Abdel Wahab, Hassan Youssef, Salah Mansour, Naima Wasfy, Nahed Sabri, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Malek El Gamal, Ismail Al-Qadi, Fathi Zeki, Hassan Hussein, Fahmy Aman, Abdel Ghani Kamar, Ibrahim Al-Shami

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oasis of Fear (1971)

Oasis of Fear (1971) - (Irene Papas) Italian four-sheet, Italian locandina and 1973 Egyptian rerelease one-sheet posters

This film with the Italian title Un posto ideale per uccidere was also released in English under the title "An Ideal Place to Kill." It is an example of the Italian giallo (crime fiction and mystery) genre. It was directed by Umberto Lenzi.

cast and crew: Carlo Ponti, Umberto Lenzi, Irene Papas, Ray Lovelock, Ornella Muti, Michel Bardinet, Jacques Stany

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Appearances (1945)

Appearances [al-mazaher] (1945) - (Ragaa Abdou) Egyptian stone litho film poster

This film was directed by Kamal Selim, who also wrote the story, screenplay and dialogue. Cinematography was by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: Baheyya lived in a rural neighborhood with her sick aunt. She met the mechanic Mahmoud and agreed to marry him. Mahmoud and Baheyya continued to care for the sick aunt until the illness overcame her. Before she died the aunt told Baheyya she had a wealthy uncle named Redwan. After she died Baheyya sought Mahmoud's help finding the uncle as the aunt had advised. They finally found him; he was a good man who was affectionate towards his niece, although his wife was harsh fearing the division of half the uncle's wealth with Baheyya. She moved Baheyya to live in her uncle's palace where Baheyya discovered the truth and reclaimed her money. She aroused the envy of her uncle's executive director Nabil. Nabil was able to win her and make her fall in love with him and forget the poor mechanic Mahmoud. She married Nabil only to discover that he coveted her money. She demanded a divorce from him, realizing she needed to return to Mahmoud and get him to forgive her. Finally Mahmoud became director of her factory after insisting on it and they married.

Cast and crew: Kamal Selim, Olwiyya Gamil, Fouad Shafik, Ragaa Abdou, Yehia Chahine, Abelhalim Nasr, Ferdoos Mohammed, Stephan Rosti, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Ismail Yasseen, Mimi Shakeeb,Souraya Fakhry, Hassan Kamel, Naima Gamal, Amina Cherif, Mohamed Al-Dib, Nabawiyya Mostafa, Mokhtar Saqar

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And Love Returned (1961)

And Love Returned [wa 'ada al-hob] (1961) - (Samia Gamal) Egyptian undated rerelease film poster

This film was directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab, screenplay by Mohamed Abu Youssef, dialogue by Amin Yussef Ghurab, cinematography Aly Hassan; it tells the story of a cabaret dancer named Lola (Samia Gamal). Many of the customers liked her but she resisted their offers of marriage or requests that she become their mistress. She had one importunate pursuer (Ahmed Mazhar) whom she always resisted. This one was was shocked when she married another man (Mahmoud El-Meliguy), with whom she later ran the cabaret after they were married. The shocked and disappinted young suitor disappeared. Then the husband apparently died in a fire on his boat. The young suitor returned to reaappear in the life of the dancer, and this time she accepted him. The husband, who had not actually died, returned and tried to separate the two of them but could not do so.

Cast and crew: Samia Gamal, Ahmed Mazhar, Fatin Abdel Wahab, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Mohamed Reda, Mohammed Tawfik, Said Khalil, Souraya Fakhry, Mohamed Badreddine, Mohamed Abu Youssef, Amin Yousseff Ghurab, Aly Hassan

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Amira My Love (1974)

Amira My Love (1974) - (Soad Hosny) Egyptian one-sheet

This film is based on a novel by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, screenplay Mahmoud El Leithy and Salah Jahine, cinematography by Abelhalim Nasr. Plot Summary: Amira (Soad Hosny) was devoted to a job in a company while supporting her family. She took up social work and organized a company Easter trip. She met the important and influential employee Megdi (Hussein Fahmy). He was also the husband of the daughter of the chairman of the Board of Directors, named Nabila (Karima Mokhtar). Love developed between Megdi and Amira and he married Amira secretly. When he told his wife about the relationship she demanded a divorce. Then Amira was fired and he felt complete remorse. He resigned from the company, announced his marriage to Amira and the two began married life together.

Cast and crew: Soad Hosny, Hussein Fahmy, Hassan Al Imam, Naguib Mahfouz, Soheir El-Bably, Imad Hamdi, Karima Mokhtar, Sameer Ghanem, Hassan Mostafa, Mahmoud Shekuku, Nabil Badr, Abdelhalim Nasr, Mamdouh El Leithy, Salah Jahine

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Amal (1952) Shadia oversize Egyptian poster

Amal (1952) - (Shadia) Egyptian oversize film poster

This film was directed by Youssef Maalouf, story and screenplay by Henry Barakat, cinematography Mostafa Hassan. The poster was designed by Farag and measures 47" x 36".

The plot as summarized in the studio film program: "Hussein belonged to an old family in Alexandria and went to Cairo now and then. He knew the dancer Soheir, loved her and married her without telling his family, in order not to anger them. He chose a house for her in Cairo and made a habit of visiting her there from day to day. After months passed Soheir gave birth to a child named 'Widad.' When Hussein learned about this he went quickly from Alexandria to witness the birth, which was difficult in a way. After he was assured of the health of mother and child he arranged to return to Alexandria and to explain the matter to his family. He believed it would be easy to persuade his father to accept Soheir into the family, since he was his only son and because his father would be sympathetic to the little granddaughter. However fate was unkind to the wife and her daughter. Hussein's automobile turned over in a horrific accident. As a result he was taken to the hospital and there his uncle came to see him, since the father was bedridden. Hussein told his uncle about the secret marriage and then died. The uncle, named Amr, saw what was coming, because with the death of Hussein he would be the sole heir to his brother's enormous fortune were it not for the unexpected marriage. He therefore decided to make plans to make himself the sole heir of the enormous wealth; he was was encouraged by his wife Doria to carry out this evil plan, and the child Amal became an orphan. He turned her over to the costodian of the estate. The years went by and Amal became a lively, vigorous girl, but she lived like a stranger in her own house, an abject person in her own land. Was she destined to know her origins? Was she destined to win her beloved? You will find out in the film."

Cast and crew: Youssef Maalouf, Shadia, Mohsen Sarhan, Farid Shawqi, Zouzou Nabil, Mimi Shakeeb, Choukoukou, Souraya Fakhry, Salah Mansour, Mostafa Hassan, Afaf Shaker, Henry Barakat

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