Friday, February 7, 2014

Some Suffering [شئ من العذاب] (Soad Hosny) - (1969)

Some Suffering (1962) - (Soad Hosny) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease poster designed to promote the 1969 123-minute Salah Abouseif color film Some Suffering [Shay min al-azab] starring Soad Hosny based on a story by Ahmed Ragab with screenplay by Naguib Mahfouz and Youssef Francis and cinematography by Ibrahim Shamat. Plot summary: Elham [Soad Hosny] fled from her mother's husband after he tried to rape her and she had beaten and killed him with an umbrella in self-defense. She took refuge at a villa in Sidi Abdel Rahman at the studio of the artist Ahmed Khaled [Yehia Chahine]. She introduced herself to him as Salwa, claiming she had been on a school trip and lost the way. He tried to drive her out but she pleaded that she would stay with him one night only and he accepted. In the morning Sherif the artist [Hassan Youssef] appeared, who was surprised to see this girl. She claimed falsely that she was Ahmed Khaled's niece and had been living in Khartoum. She asked him to help her stay and not travel. Salwa had Sherif make a statue of her so she would have to stay in the villa until it was finished. While Sherif was making the statue he began to love her but Salwa deeply loved Ahmed. Sherif went to his boss to ask for Salwa's hand. Ahmed was astonished, began to be concerned about Salwa and asked her to leave the house. Salwa felt she had failed in her love with Ahmed and tried to commit suicide by drowning herself in the sea. Ahmed asked Sherif to save her and admitted the truth to him. Sherif insisted on his love for Salwa. Ahmed felt the difference in age between himself and Salwa and could not continue with this love. He left her a letter of apology, left the house and took refuge with his friend the musician Hussein Shukry [Abdel Moneim Madbouly], who believed the age difference makes no difference to an artist and that an artist's love cannot be measured. Sherif saw Salwa's picture in magazines. She had confessed, surrendered, gone to trial and been found innocent on grounds of self-defense. The artist Ahmed Khaled left her life and returned with Sherif to make a new life.

Cast and crew: Salah Abouseif, Naguib Mahfouz, Soad Hosny, Hassan Youssef, Yehia Chahine, Ibrahim Shamat, Ahmed Ragab, Abdel Moneim Madbouly, nmsp, Farouk Ibrahim, Youssef Francis, Mohamed al-Dib, Fathy Youssef

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