Friday, December 13, 2013

Love and the Death Penalty حب واعدام (Samira Ahmed) - (1957) Egyptian one-sheet

Love and the Death Penalty [hob wa eedam] (1957) - (Samira Ahmed) Egyptian Film Poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster made by an unknown designer to promote the 1957 Kamal El Sheikh film Love and the Death Penalty [hob wa eedam] starring Imad Hamdi and Samira Ahmed based on story and dialogue by Mohammad Kamel Hassan with cinematography by Abdel Aziz Fahmy. Plot summary: Samira [Samira Ahmed] prepared to move to her marriage home, but she was short of funds and found herself unable to finish the job. She asked her father Abdel Hamid [Abbas Fares] for a loan one day while he was playing cards with his mistress Soad [Aida Halal] and her brother Morsi [Mahmoud El-Meliguy]. Samira got into a debate with her father but in anger he said "you are not my daughter." Samira left his home shouting "it is better for someone like that to die!" Morsi heard her say this and got the idea of killing the father and blaming the daughter. Morsi planned the crime carefully and invited Samira to pay a quiet visit to her father. Then he poisoned the father and put him to sleep. Samira came in and left her fingerprints everywhere, leaving the corpse and her handbag behind when she left. Samira was accused of the murder. Her husband the attorney Magdi [Imad Hamdi] saw a newspaper with bold headlines condemning Samira and tried to get her exonerated, but was unable to to do so and she was sentenced to death at the trial. In a happy ending, Samira was spared execution on the morning she was scheduled to die because of a last-minute disclosure of the real facts of the crime in surprise testimony by the murderer's sister, Soad.

Cast and crew: Kamal El Sheikh, Samira Ahmed, Imad Hamdi, Amina Rizk, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Muhammad Kamel Hassan, Aida Hilal, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Adly Kasseb, Abbas Fares, Wedad Hamdy, Aziza Helmy, Hassan Hamed, Hussein Ismail, Fotouh Neshati, Hussein Qandil, Ahmed Shawqi, Abdel Qader al-Masiri, Al-Sayed al-Arabi, Nasreddin Mostafa, Abdel Moneim Seoudi

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