Friday, October 25, 2013

Appointment with Life (1954) - (Faten Hamama)

Appointment with Life [mowad maa al-hayat] (1954) - (Faten Hamama) original Egyptian 35x47 film poster

This is a first printing of a 35" x 47" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and printed by his Gasour and Company Printers to promote the 1954 Ezzel Dine Zulficar 115-minute black-and-white film Appointment with Life [mowad maa al-hayat] based on the 1939 Edmund Goulding film Dark Victory with Bette Davis, starring Faten Hamama based on a screenplay by Ezzel Dine Zulficar and Youssef Esa with dialogue by Youssef Esa and cinematography by Wahid Farid. The film was produced by Faten Hamama Films and distributed by Dollar Film. Plot summary: Engineer Ahmad loved Amal and lived with her in the same house with her friend Fatima, daughter of the farm overseer. Fatima loved the doctor Mamdouh, 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 Ahmad 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. Ahmad understood the situation and Amal's secret she had been trying to keep from him. Amal was ready to marry Ahmad and Fatima agreed to marry Dr. Mamdouh.

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

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