Thursday, December 19, 2013

Love's Madness جنون الحب (Raqiya Ibrahim) - (1954) Egyptian one-sheet

Love's Madness (1954) - (Raqiya Ibrahim) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is a 27" x 39" poster designed by Marcel to promote the 1954 Mohammed Karim 120-minute black-and-white film Love's Madness [gonoun al-hob] starrring Raqiya Ibrahim as Nadia and Soheir with screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Waress Assar and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: Nadia and Soheir were living a carefree life with their parents, but an imbalance developed when the parents began showing more affection for Nadia than Soheir, to the point where Soheir suspected her parents hated her and began hating society and her sister. This feeling grew for Soheir and she even came to believe people loved her sister and hated her. The young men who liked her did not hesitate to leave her when they saw Nadia. Even the ones who had made her marriage offers withdrew them. A conflict raged between the two sisters in this atmosphere charged with anger; one of them had the innocence of angels and the other was in a wretched state unable to find her way to happiness. Soheir looked for the misery of others. Her mother died, then her father. Soheir dominated Nadia like a tyrant and exploited her sensitivities and weaknesses. Nadia became her sister's victim. She was afraid of the dark and terrified of cats; she was also sure she was the one who had killed her mother and father and was the cause of her sister's misery. In this state of affairs, in a thrilling finale Soheir attempted to murder Nadia, fought off Nadia's rescuers in a gunfight, then paid the price for her crimes. Nadia got married to the man who loved her.

Cast and Crew: Raqiya Ebrahim, Mohammed Karim, Anwar Wagdi, Imad Hamdi, Suleiman Naguib, Abdel Waress Assar, Ferdoos Mohammed, Marcel, Abdelhalim Nasr, Anwar Mohammad, Mohammad Shorubi, Ruhia Gamal, Ahmed Talaat, Farouq Nasir, Hussein Assar, Ahmed Said

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