Friday, February 21, 2014

The Sparrow [العصفور] (dir: Youssef Chahine) - (1972)

The Sparrow [al-asfour] (dir: Youssef Chahine) (1972) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1972 Youssef Chahine 102-minute color film The Sparrow [al-asfour] starring Seif El Din, based on a story by Lotfi al-Khawali with screenplay and dialogue by Lotfi al-Khawali and Youssef Chahine and cinematography by Mostafa Imam. According to a critics poll taken at the 2013 Dubayy International Film Festival this is one of the 100 most important Arab films. Plot summary: This film made in Algeria and Egypt is a reaction to the Arab loss of the 1967 war with Israel. It has a spirit of pride and patriotic conviction where director Chahine attempts to show the war was lost from within due to corruption and weakness in the ruling classes. In one of the film's several narrative lines the character Baheyya [Mohsena Tewfik] leads defiant demonstrations, rejects the defeat and demands that Gamal Abdel Nasser return to the government after stepping down. The sparrow motif symbolizes the brave and innocent Arab peoples who have become victims of national and international circumstances.

Cast and crew: Youssef Chahine, Ali El Cherif, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Seif El Din, Mariam Fakhr Eddine, Habiba, Mohsena Tewfik, Salah Kabil, Salah Mansour, Abdel Waress Assar, Hamdy Ahmed, Ragaa Hussein, Mahmoud Kabil, Hassan el Baroudi, Nazim Shaarawy, Mohamed Khalil, Sayed Shahat, Mustafa Imam, Lotfi al-Khawali

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