Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Second Wife [الزوجة الثانية ] (Soad Hosny) - (1967)

The Second Wife (1967) - (Soad Hosny) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1967 Salah Abouseif 111-minute black-and-white film The Second Wife [الزوجة الثانية az-zawget at-tania] starring Soad Hosny based on a story by Ahmed Rushdy Saleh with screenplay and dialogue by Mohammad Mostafa Sami and Sa'd al-Din Wahba and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: A village mayor [Salah Mansour] fancies a young woman named Fatma [Soad Hosny] in his village. There are two problems. First, his present wife Hafiza [Sanaa Gamil] does not want him to take a second wife, and second, the young woman the mayor desires already has a husband Aboul-Eyli [Shukry Sarhan] with children and they are a happy family with a lot of love for one another. The mayor does not care about these things, because he is the corrupt bad guy who already has a reputation for abusing and cheating his villagers. He forces the young woman's husband to divorce her so she can marry him, which he does, causing much pain and regret to himself, his wife and his children. The mayor marries the divorced woman and takes her into his home, but in a long series of comic evasive episodes she contrives never to sleep with him. The mayor, who was already sick, eventually dies. Fatma becomes a village hero for standing up for the village people against the mayor in his schemes to take their land, and after the mayor dies she returns to her husband, poor but happy. This is a social realist film with lots of accurate detail about life in an Egyptian village, directed by the late socialist director Salah Abouseif (1915-1996). This film may be realistic for its details about village life, but Fatma's successful evasion of the mayor's designs is probably not as realistic as the film suggests.

Cast and crew: Soad Hosny, Shukry Sarhan, Sanaa Gamil, Salah Mansour, Soheir El-Morshidy, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Salah Abouseif, Abdelhalim Nasr, Ahmed Rushdy Saleh, Muhammad Nuh, Mohammad Mostafa Sami, Hassan el Baroudi, Sa'd al-Din Wahba, Naima Al Soghayar, Ibrahim Al-Shami, Iskandar Mansy, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdy, Mohammad Idris, Ahmed Sami, Redwan Hafez

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