Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Father Is up the Tree (1969) - (Abdel Halim Hafez)

My Father Is Up the Tree (1969) - (Abdel Halif Hafez) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease Egyptian one-sheet poster made to promote the 1969 142-minute Hussein Kamal color film My Father is up the Tree [abi fawq al-shagarah] based on a story by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus with screenplay by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Sa'deddine Wahba and Youssef Francis, dialogue by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus and Sa'eddine Wahba and cinematography by Wahid Farid. Plot summary: A group of university students went to Alexandria for summer vacation.Two of the students, a couple named Adel [Abdel Halim Hafez] and Amal [Mervat Amin], had a disagreement; then Adel fell in love with a much older worldly-wise nightclub dancer in town named Ferdoos [Nadia Lutfi]. Ferdoos invites Adel to live with her, gives him money and says she loves him, but he soon learns she has other men. Amal notices Adel's disappearance but does not know what has happened until one of Adel's friends finds him and tells her. Adel and Ferdoos fly to Lebanon together for a few dancing and singing scenes in various touristic settings. After Adel and Ferdoos return from Lebanon, Ferdoos is obliged to go back to hustling men to meet her expenses, for which Adel is not prepared. When he tries to go back to the gang at the beach, they all reject him and he is unable to restart his relationship with Amal. Adel's father [Imad Hamdi], having no word from his son, goes to Alexandria looking for him. There he meets one of the bar women and becomes involved with her, as Adel had done. One of Adel's friends from the beach gang finds him and tells him what his father is doing, and that his friends at the beach are willing to make amends. When he finds his father he tells him of his experiences and that he has learned from them. With sympathetic intervention from Ferdoos, father and son are reconciled and Adel reestablishes his relationship with Amal.

Cast and crew: Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Mervat Amin, Imad Hamdi, Amer al-Askari, Yusef Shahuri, Hussein Kamal, Wahid Farid, Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Samir Sabri, Salah Nazmi, Nabila El-Sayed, Fathy Abdul Sattar, Nahed Samir, Hamed Morsi, Youssef Francis

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