Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Heart Has Commands القلب له احكام - (Faten Hamama) - (1956) Egyptian one-sheet

The Heart Has Commands (1956) - (Faten Hamama) Egyptian one-sheet

This Egyptian film poster was designed by Stamatis Vassiliou and Marcel to promote the 1956 95-minute Helmy Halim black-and-white film The Heart Has Commands [al-'alb lu ahkam] starring Faten Hamama with screenplay by Aly Al-Zarkany, dialogue by El Sayed Bedeir and cinematography by Ahmed Khorshed. Marcel and Vassiliou were two of the great early poster designers in Egypt (neither was Egyptian). This is the only poster I have where they collaborated.

Plot summary: A girl attending medical college was a poor orphan living in the Bulaq neighborhood with her grandfather. The people in the neighborhood loved her and helped her with her living expenses. She loved one of her rich classmates at the college but he had no feeling for her or any sense of her emotions. Meanwhile an undertaker loved her and was also trying to marry her. The girl went to see a friend who owned a bakery in the Zeinat Sedky neighborhood and told her the secret of her love for her rich classmate. Her friend made a plan for her to get her classmate's attention. The girl then succeeded in attracting her classmate's interest and he promised to meet her at an acquarium. There she discovered he had been gambling with his classmates about making a hit with her, and she fled from him in sadness and disappointment. However the boy's sentiments, which began in frivolity, turned into true love and he offered to marry her. The girl took him to her home and told him about her poverty, but he was still determined to marry her. He told his father the rich contractor about it, claiming she was from a big family. His father agreed to hold a party at his mansion to introduce the girl before giving his final opinion. There was an aristocratic family that wanted to marry their daughter to the rich student by means of a speculative broker who would make a plan to prevent the marriage. At the party the rich contractor was surprised by the people of Bulaq who stormed the mansion at the broker's invitation. He realized they were the family of his son's fiance and his friends and he threw them out. However there was a brawl in which the members of the bankrupt aristocratic family tried to assualt the contractor and his son. The girl's friends intervened in the brawl, and the contractor agreed to his son's marriage to the girl.

Cast and crew: Faten Hamama, Ahmed Ramzy, Helmy Halim, El Sayed Bedeir, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Ahmed Ramzy, Stephan Rosti, Zeinat Sedki, Ahmed Khorshed, Mimi Shakeeb, Seraj Munir, Ahmed Khorshed, El Sayed Bedeir, Aly Al-Zarkany

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