Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Sin [الحرام] - (Faten Hamama) - (1965)

The Sin [al-haram] (Faten Hamama) (1969) Egyptian stone litho film poster

Pictured is an Egyptian promotional poster designed by Studio Marcel to promote the 1965 96-minute Henry Barakat black-and-white film The Sin [al-haram] starring Faten Hamama with screenplay and dialogue by Sa'd al-Din Wahba and cinematography by Dia El-Mahdy.

This film is beautifully made by one of Egypt's great directors. It is on film critic Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of the 100 most important Egyptian films; it is based on a novel by Youssef Idris. In a 1984 survey by Al-Fonoon magazine it was voted one of the ten best films in the history of Egyptian cinema. Plot summary from Wikipedia: Azizah [Faten Hamama], a poor peasant, portrays worker oppression in this somber social drama. She gets savagely raped by a guard when she goes into the fields to gather potatoes. She does not reveal what has happened to her husband [Abdallah Gheith] who is suffering from an illness. She conceals the pregnancy and throttles the baby after it is born. She also dies soon thereafter. The migrant workers rally around her memory as she becomes a martyr to the cause of the struggling peasants.

Cast and crew: Faten Hamama, Henry Barakat, Zaki Rostom, Abdallah Gheith, Youssef Idris, Sa'd al-Din Wahba, Ahmed Dia Al-Mahdi, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Alim Khattab, Hassan Mustafa, Abdel Salam Mohamed, Dia El-Mahdy, Kawsar al-Asal, Mohammad Shawqi, Kheiri al-Qalyoubi, Lutfi Abdel Hamid, Kawsar Shafiq, Sami Sarhan

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