Sunday, December 15, 2013

Love Street شارع الحب (Abdel Halim Hafez) - (1959) Egyptian rerelease poster

Love Street (1959) - (Abdel Halim Hafez) rerelease Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" undated Egyptian rerelease poster made by an unknown designer to promote the 1959 Ezzel Dine Zulficar 143-minute black-and-white film Love Street [sharia al-hob] starring Abdel Halim Hafez and Sabah based on a screenplay by Ezzel Dine Zulficar with story and dialogue by Youssef El Sebai and cinematography by Wahid Farid. The film was produced by Helmy Rafla films and distributed by the Sharq Distribution Company. Plot summary: This film served as a vehicle for singing sensation Abdel Halim Hafez to appear on film before his legions of fans in the role of Abdel Moneim Sabry. It served the same purpose for his Lebanese costar Sabah, appearing in the film as Karima. Plot summary: Abdel Moneim Sabry was an obscure musician on Mohammad Ali Street. He was discovered by a prominent public figure and agreed to teach him the principles of music; this led to him joining a music club as a teacher, but he had to put on a false beard and moustache to meet a membership requirement. At the club he met two girls named Karima and Mervat who wagered with each other they could make him cut off his beard. Karima asked him to do this, and when he refused she threatened to kill herself. She jumped into the water. He jumped in to try to save her, even though he was not a good swimmer, then she saved him and got him out. The water had removed his beard and moustache and he was obliged to admit to her that they had been fakes. He was then ejected from the club for having a false moustache and beard and had to go back to Mohammad Ali Street. Karima stayed with him and arranged for him to sing at a party at the Opera House; Abdel Moneim eventually realized Karima loved him and married her.

Cast and crew: Ezzel Dine Zulficar, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Hassan Fayek, Nagwa Fouad, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Wahid Farid, Youssef El Sebai, Hussein Riad, Monira Sambal, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Nour El-Demerdash, Leila Hamdy, Riad al-Kasabgi, Al-Khawaga Bijou, Mohamed Youssef, Ahmed Farahat, Ahmed al-Haddad

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