Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Price of Freedom ثمن الحرية (Mahmoud Moursy) - (1964) Egyptian one-sheet

The Price of Freedom (1964) - (Mahmoud Moursy) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Studio Adly and Abdel Rahman to promote the 1964 81-minute Nour El-Demerdash black-and-white film The Price of Freedom starring Mahmoud Moursy adapted for cinema by Naguib Mahfouz from the 1948 play Montserrat by Emmanuel Robles based on an Arabic translation done in Lebanon by Sohail Idris. The screenplay was done by Lutfy El-Kholy and Tulba Radwan and cinematography was by Masud Isa. The components of the story are taken directly from the original play with changes of name and locale to suit the Egyptian environment. Plot summary: During the British occupation of Egypt (1882-1956) there was a secret organization led by a young fighter named Ahmed Abdel Hafiz. The organization was opposed to the occupying forces. The British governor ordered an Egyptian officer to find the chief of the organization quickly. If this could not be done it would be necessary to arrest the first six people to pass on the street in front of the office and kill them by firing squad. The officer was not able to find the fighter so six people were arrested, including a cart driver, a merchant who had left a dinner party for his wedding, a student whose brother had died as a martyr during his resistance to the occupation, a mother who was returning to her small children who had no one but her and were waiting for her return at the time, and a pretty girl who was singing a Sayed Darwish patriotic tune. The randomly arrested bystanders were left alone with the Egyptian officer and told they had one hour to persuade him to divulge the location of Ahmed Abdel Hafiz. When this did not produce the desired results, the British officer prepared to shoot the innocents, but before doing that he shot and killed the Egyptian officer. The multiple venues where this play has appeared in film and on stage were traced by Nehad Selaiha for Al-Ahram Weekly on 20 February 2013.

Cast and crew: Naguib Mahfouz, Nour El-Demerdash, Masud Isa, Mahmoud Moursy, Abdallah Gheith, Karima Mokhtar, Salah Mansour, Ahmed Al-Gezeiry, Nahed Samir, Ahmed Abaza, Hamed Morsi, Masud Isa, Faiza Fouad, Kamal Yasseen, Mohammed Tawfik, Hamed Moursy, Mahmoud al-Hadini, Sabri Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Abaza, Sayed al-Rais, Gamil Ezzedine, Mohamed Yahya Soleyman, Emmanuel Robles, Lutfy El-Kholy, Tulba Radwan, Sohail Idris, Ahmed al-Hamaqi

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