Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mouths and Rabbits [افواه و ارانب] (Faten Hamama) - (1977)

Mouths and Rabbits [افواه و ارانب] (1977) - (Faten Hamama) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Moaty to promote the 1977 105-minute Henry Barakat color film Mouths and Rabbits [afwah wa araneb] based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Samir Abdelazim with cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: Ne'ma [Faten Hamama] fled her town after her sister [Ragaa Hussein] had arranged a marriage for her to an illiterate man named al-Bastawi [Aly El Cherif]. She found work on the land of the weathy Mahmoud Bey [Mahmoud Yassine]. She became assiduously careful about Mahmoud's wealth and clashed with the estate's overseer over how to sell the crops for the best price. Mahmoud liked this so much he put her in charge of his personal affairs at his home. He was preparing to marry Nahi [Inas Al Degheidy] who became jealous of Ne'ma. Abdel Magid [Farid Shawqi] prepared a contract for Ne'ma to marry al-Bastawi while Nahi told Mahmoud he had to choose between her and Ne'ma. Mahmoud refused to fire Ne'ma, prompting Nahi to cancel their engagement. Mahmoud's liking for Ne'mat became love and he asked her to marry him, which she eventually did after cancelling the arrangements Abdel Magid had made with al-Bastawi. In contrasting Ne'ma's poverty-stricken heavily populated rural family life with Mahmoud's more solitary wealthy urban life, the film and its title seem to be suggesting large families are partly responsible for Egypt's poverty.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Inas Al Degheidy, Samir Abdelazim, Mohsen Mohieddin, Mahmoud Yassine, Faten Hamama, Ragaa Hussein, Farid Shawqi, Wahid Farid, Abu Bakr Ezzat, Hassan Mustafa, Salah Nazmi, Wedad Hamdy, Hussein Assar, Magda El-Khatib, Aly El Cherif, Hussein El-Sherbini, Nahi Barakat, Mazhar Abolnega, Mohammad al-Saqa, Seifeddin Mokhtar

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