Monday, January 20, 2014

The Search [الطريق] - (Rushdy Abaza)

The Search (Rushdy Abaza) (1964) Egyptian film poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1964 Houssam El-Din Mustafa 111-minute black-and-white film The Search [al-tariq] starring Rushdy Abaza based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz with secreenplay and dialogue by Hussein Helmy and cinematograpny by Wadid Serri. Plot summary: Saber al-Rahimi [Rushdy Abaza] resisted when his mother [Taheya Cariocca] was telling him while she was in prison about her scandalous past with his wealthy respectable father. It became his goal to find that father to save him from ruin and give him support and security. He left Alexandria to live in Cairo and on his long trip looking for his unknown father Saber found himself on his general life journey. He met Karima [Shadia] the wife of the owner of the hotel where he stayed. She was a woman softened by lust. Saber wooed her and at the same time he met Elham [Soad Hosny] at the newspaper Al-Akhbar al-Yom where he placed an advertisement looking for his father. A tender love story developed between the two of them but the sensous side developed between him and Karima, who came to his room at night and asked him to kill her husband [Hassan el Baroudi] to leave them free. He agreed to kill the husband but the police suspected him and went looking for him. Karima helped him flee and Elham tried to save him but the police lost no time arresting him and he was sentenced to death. According to film critic Sa'ad al-Din Tawfiq this is one of the top 100 Egyptian films.

Cast and crew: Rushdy Abaza, Shadia, Soad Hosny, Taheya Cariocca, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Naguib Mahfouz, Wadid Serri, Hassan el Baroudi, Mohammad Tawfik, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Hussein Helmy, Ahmed Louxor

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