Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Mawardy Cafe قهوة المواردي (Farid Shawqi) - (1982) Egyptian one-sheet

The Mawardy Cafe (1982) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1982 124-minute Hisham Abu El-Nasr color film The Mawardy Cafe ['ahwet al-mawardy] starring Farid Shawqi based on a story by Ahmed Galal with screenplay and dialogue by Mohsen Zayed and cinematography by Abdel Moneim Bahnassy. Plot summary: Hassanein Abu Sena [Youssef Chaban] got out of prison after killing one of the residents of his building. Fear overtook the people in his neighborhood because of his domination. Abu Sena persuaded some of the people to leave their apartments in his building in exchange for money and he converted those units into commercial shops and import-export offices. Abu Sena convinced Ghabasha [Hassan Hosny] to rent a furnished apartment to a wealthy Arab named Redwan. A journalist named Ahmad [Farouk Al-Fichawi] recorded the changes that had been happening in the neighborhood but his editor refused to publish his articles. Safrut [Abdel Salam Mohamed] liked Farawla [Nabila Ebeid] but she rejected him. He therefore quit his job working in the coffee house owned by her father al-Mawardy [Farid Shawqi] and left the neighborhood. Al-Mawardy married his mistress Ragaa after having problems with Abu Sena. Ghabasha pressured his niece Warda [Maha Osman] to marry Redwan, but on the wedding day she fled to Alexandria. She also liked her neighbor the student Mamdouh [Farid Mahmoud], but he had no feelings for her. Safrut returned to the neighborhood after becoming wealthy. Abu Sena and Safrut made an agreement with Ghabasha to kill Ahmad on the night of his marriage to Farawla. Al-Mawardy divored his wife Ragaa. Ahmad's friend Shabaan [Mamdouh Abd El Aleem] collected his articles about the neighborhood and published them in a book of memories. When Mamdouh read what Ahmed had written about him he recognized his mistake and went back to Warda in Alexandria. The two of them married in a celebration in the neighborhood. Abu Sena died at the hands of unknown murderers.

Cast and crew: Hisham Abu El-Nasr, Farid Shawqi, Nabila Ebeid, Mohsen Zayed, Ahmed Galal, Mamdouh Abd El Aleem, Alim Abdel Monem, Alia Abdel Monem, Farouk Al-Fichawi, Hafez Amin, Youssef Chaban, Naima El Soghayar, Hassan Hosny, Abdel Salam Mohamed, Ibrahim Nasr, Maha Osman, Nadia Zaghloul, Abdel Moneim Bahnassy, Mahmoud Amer, Qadria Kamel, Nader Fathollah, Farid Mahmoud

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