Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Lady of the House [ست البيت] - (Faten Hamama) (1949) - Egyptian one-sheet

Lady of the House (1949) - (Faten Hamama) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 24" x 35" original Egyptian stone lithograph film poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1949 97-minute Ahmad Kamel Morsi black-and-white film The Lady of the House [sett al-beyt] starring Faten Hamama based on story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary and screenplay by Ahmed Kamel Morsi and Henry Barakat, with cinematography by Giulio De Luca. The film was produced and distributed by Lotus Films (Asia).

Plot summary: Elham [Faten Hamama] marries Nabil [Imad Hamdi] and moves with him to his mother's house. Problems arise there between Elham and her mother-in-law [Zeinab Sedky]. Nabil's mother is threatened by Elham who seems to be more the "lady of the house" than she is. Because of this antagonism--and after discovering that Elham might be sterile--the mother-in-law tries to convince her son to marry another woman, Madiha [Mona].

Elham decides to leave the house, but on her way out she stumbles on a railroad track and is taken to the hospital. The doctor tells Nabil that Elham was pregnant when she fell and had a miscarriage. Nabil is devastated and blames his mother. The mother apologizes to Elham and asks for forgiveness.

Cast and crew: Faten Hamama, Ahmed Kamel Morsi, Hosna Solomon, Imad Hamdi, Zeinab Sedky, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Mona, Souraya Fakhry, Naima Akef, Giulio De Luca, Mohammed Kamel, Hosana, Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Saad Makawy, Mahmoud Choukoukou

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