Monday, March 31, 2014

A Thousand and One Nights [ألف ليلة وليلة] (Ali Al-Kassar) - (1941)

A Thousand and One Nights [alf layla wa layla] (Ali Al-Kassar) - (1941) Egyptian stone litho film poster

Pictured is a 25" x 35" Egyptian stone lithograph poster designed to promote the 1941 Togo Mizrahi 94-minute black-and-white film A Thousand and One Nights [alf layla wa layla] starring Ali Al-Kassar based on story and screenplay by Togo Mizrahi, dialogue by Badie Khayri and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: One of the tales told by the legendary Scheherezade becomes the main plot in this film. While fishing one day a fisherman named Othman Abd al-Baset [Ali Al-Kassar] finds a child in a floating basket, raises him and teaches him how to fish. After 20 years or so when the son (named Morgan) has become a man, Othman is arrested and put in prison for fishing in a forbidden area, but the daughter of the prince [Aqila Ratib] intervenes and gets him released. Othman catches a big fish and gives it to his son to give to the princess as a gift. As Morgan approaches the home of the princess he hears some beautiful singing and responds with some beautiful singing of his own. The adviser to the father of the prince wants to marry the princess to a fake prince so he can take her money. While fishing one day Othman finds a box and opens it. This releases a genie (a man dressed in a devil suit with stuffed horns), who rewards Othman with a magic scepter. Later on, the genie appears before him again another day and tells him his son Morgan is in danger. At that moment Morgan is singing as usual under the window of the princess. They arrest him and turn him over to the adviser, who realizes because of a star tatooed on his arm that Morgan is the missing prince, Bahaeddin, [Hamed Morsi] who is also the cousin of this princess. To prevent Morgan's true identity from becoming known, the adviser orders him imprisoned and held for execution. Just as they are about to cut off his head, Othman appears and proves the adviser's treachery. The princess sees the tattoo, realizes who Morgan is and introduces him to his real father and mother. The two cousins marry and Othman is rewarded.

Cast and crew: Ali Al-Kassar, Aqila Ratib, Togo Mizrahi, Hamed Morsi, Mohammad Shukry, Zaki Ibrahim, Zouzou Nabil, Loutfi El Hakim

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Those People of the Nile [الناس و النيل] (dir: Youssef Chahine) - (1972)

Those People of the Nile [الناس و النيل al-nas wal-nil] (dir: Youssef Chahine) - (1972) Egyptian film poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed to promote the 1972 105-minute Youssef Chahine color film Those People of the Nile [الناس و النيل al-nas wal-nil]) based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Hassan Faoud and Nicolai Vigorovosky and cinematography by Yu-Lan Chen, Aleksandre Shelenkov and Abdel Aziz Fahmy. Plot summary: This film dramatizes the construction of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, a joint Russian-Egyptian project completed in 1971. When the film was completed in 1968 it was banned by both governments because of political issues and not cleared for official release until 1972 after some of the scenes had been filmed again. The film portrays the personal conflicts of displaced Russian workers and the displeasure of some Egyptian workers and local residents because of the impact of the diversion of the Nile.

Cast and crew: Youssef Chahine, Abdelmaig Baraka, Ezzat El Alaili, Tewfik El Dekn, Seif El Dine, Inna Fyodorova, Imad Hamdi, Soad Hosny, Hocine Ismael, Vladimir Ivashov, Yuri Kamomyj, Valentina Kutsenko, Mabrouka, Zouzou Mady, Mohamed Morshed, Madiha Salem, Igor Vladimirov, Svetlana Zhgun, Salah Zulfikar, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Aleksandr Shelenkov, Yu-Lan Chen, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Alia Abdel Moneim, Fatma Emara, Valeria Ivashokov, Diwari Kamiruni, Yuri Cameroni

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Thirsty [عطشانة] (Elham Shaheen) - (1987)

Thirsty [Atshana] (Elham Shaheen) - (1962) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1987 92-minute Mustafa Al Saiid color film Thirsty [atshana] starring Elham Shaheen based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Mohammad al-Basusi with cinematograpy by Mohamed Khalil. Plot summary: Samia [Elham Shaneen] married her colleague Salah [Hesham Selim] and they lived together in Salah's home with his parents. Salah worked in an attorney's office. Samia was harassed by her mother-in-law Hosnia [Khayria Ahmed]. Samia worked at a company owned by Moharram [Hussein El-Sherbini], a businessman, who wanted her, adding to the problems Samia was having because of Hosnia's harressment. Samia turned against Salah and demanded a divorce, which he gave her. Moharram offered to marry Samia and she agreed. Then she discovered Moharram's poor ethics, his relations with numerous women and his use of narcotics. Hosnia regretted the way she had treated Samia and asked her son Salah to bring her back. Salah met with Samia without realizing she had married Moharram; he learned about her difficult life with her husband. Salah started a law firm, became successful and got his own apartment. Moharram died and Samia inherited his wealth. Her friend Ezzat advised her to go back to Salah. She initially rejected this because she was enjoying her freedom, but she eventually changed her mind and went back to him.

Cast and crew: Mustafa Al Saiid, Elham Shaheen, Hesham Selim, Hussein El-Sherbini, Khayria Ahmed, Abu Lamaa, Nada, Mohamed Ahmed al-Masri, Wasila Hussein, Mona Darwish, Ezzat Sherif, Fatma Eid, Neda Mostafa, Aliah Hamed, Shafiq al-Shayeb, Bassam Ragab, Youssef Eid, Rashwan Mostafa, Matawei Eweis

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chased by the Dogs [اللص والكلاب] (Shadia) - (1962)

Chased by the Dogs [al-liss wal-kelab] (1962) Egyptian 3-piece film poster

Pictured is a 35" x 41" three-piece Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Aziz to promote the 1962 124-minute Kamal El Sheikh black-and-white film Chased by the Dogs [al-liss wal-kelab] starring Shadia and Shukry Sarhan based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz with screenplay by Sabry Ezzat, dialogue by Ali El Zorkani and cinematography by Kamal Korayem. Plot summary: Said Mahran [Shukry Sarhan] worked as a house servant in a student's home. Because of his mother's illness he had to steal a watch from a student. Raouf Alwan [Kamal al-Shennawi] got involved, tried to save him and took him as a protege in crime. Said became a big thief. His assistant Alish [Zein El-Ashmawy] informed on him so he would be free to marry his wife Nabawiya [Salwa Mahmoud]. When Said Mahran got out of prison his goal was to take revenge against Alish and Nabawiya, but he killed some innocent people instead by blindly shooting at window silhouettes, because Alish and Nabawiya had fled their home. Said ran away and became a fugitive. Raouf, who had become a famous journalist, denounced Said in newspaper articles, turning public opinion against him. Said confessed what he had done to his former lover Nour [Shadia] and lived in her house. He also sought solace with a Sufi sheikh but found no relief. Although Nour tried help him, the police found his hiding place and killed him on the Mokattam Mountain during a chase.

According to film critic Sa'ad al-Din Tawfiq this is one of the top 100 Egyptian films. The title is literally translated as The Thief and the Dogs.

Cast and crew: Naguib Mahfouz, Shadia, Shukry Sarhan, Kamal El Sheikh, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Fakher Fakher, Samir Sabri, Salah Mansour, Kamal Korayem, Ali El Zorkani, Sabry Ezzat, Salwa Mahmoud, Salah Jahine, Adly Kasseb, Zein El-Ashmawy, Nazim Shaarawy

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Friday, March 28, 2014

They're Driving Me Crazy [حايجننوني] (Ismail Yasseen) - (1960)

They're Driving Me Crazy [hayugananuni] (1960) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Studio Mahmoud Niqula Waliber to promote the 1960 104-minute Fatin Abdel Wahab film They're Driving Me Crazy [hayugannanuni] starring Samia Gamal and Ismail Yasseen based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Moneim Madbouly with cinematography by Ibrahim Adel. Ismail [Ismail Yasseen] has to send his sick son and his wife to Alexandria. During their absence he helps a police inspector [Tewfik El Dekn] investigate the murder of an actress [Karima] who had been his client in the hair salon where he worked. He helps expose the gang responsible for the crime and receives a reward for his efforts before his son and wife return from Alexandria.

Cast and crew: Ismail Yasseen, Samia Gamal, Tewfik El Dekn, Fatin Abdel Wahab, Karima, Wedad Hamdy, Mahmoud Azmy, Abdel Moneim Madbouly, Ibrahim Adel, Shafik Noureddin, Laila Fahmy, Ali al-Qandour, Abdel Hafiz Tatawi, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdi, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Anwar Mohammad, Nazi Shaarawy, Awatef Ramadan, Omar Afifi, Al-Tukhi Tewfiq, Abdel Ghani Naser

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There is a Man in Our House [في بيتنا رجل] (Omar Sharif) - (1961)

There Is a Man in Our House (1961) - (Omar Sharif) Egyptian oversize film poster

Pictured is a 32" x 42" Egyptian poster designed by Studio Adly to promote the 1961 153-minute Henry Barakat black-and-white film There is a Man in Our House [fi baitina ragol] starring Omar Sharif based on a story by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus with screenplay by Youssef Issa and Henry Barakat, dialogue by Youssef Issa and cinematography by Hesham Wadid Serri. Plot summary: Ibrahim [Omar Sharif] assassinates the prime minister who has been collaborating with the imperialists, then asks his friend Mohey [Hassan Youssef] to hide him. Mohey's father does not welcome the fugitive, but his sisters are happy to help Ibrahim contact his political friends. Ibrahim eventually escapes, rejoins the rebellion in Egypt and is killed in an attack on a British base.

This film is on film critic Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of the 100 most important Egyptian films.

Cast and crew: Zubaida Tharwat, Henry Barakat, Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Youssef Issa, Rushdy Abaza, Omar Sharif, Zahrat El-Ola, Hassan Youssef, Tewfik El Dekn, Hesham Wadid Serri, Hussein Riad, Nahed Samir, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Youssef Chaban, Abdel Moneim Bassioni, Khalil Badreddine, Zaki Abel Magid, Sherif Hamdya

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Monday, March 24, 2014

"Jaws" Collector John Campopiano

I started collecting Jaws memorabilia when I was seven or eight years old. The first thing I acquired was either Jaws 2 or Jaws 3 on VHS -- I don't recall which. Soon thereafter I started pestering my parents to buy me the rest of the films. When I was just about ten years old our family took a trip to Universal Studios in Florida at which point I spent the entire time riding the Jaws ride over, and over, and over again. Now, I realize this wasn't the best ride in the park, but I just could not get enough. I was sure to leave with souvenirs from the Jaws shop that was situated just beyond the exit gate for the ride.

Once I started working summer jobs (but was still too young to be paying any bills) I would spend large chunks of my earnings on Jaws memorabilia -- hats, shirts, cups, toys, posters, games, you name it. It was right around this time that I discovered eBay and, well, the rest is history. Over the years I accumulated more and more stuff and even began connecting with other collectors from not just around the USA but the world. Some have become my closest friends.

Now it seems as though I have one of the largest collections of Jaws memorabilia around -- not THE largest, not by a long shot, but I would say my collection is in the top 10 or 15 largest in the world. These days I prize the posters and toys less and less and instead value the really obscure items that don't pop up much on the collector market: an original 1975 Jaws belt buckle issued by Universal Studios and a large chunk of the original Orca boat used on screen. My collection has brought me lots of joy over the years and has been the catalyst for the start of some lifelong friendships. I've also made many, many pilgrimages to Martha's Vineyard, where the film was shot, and met many of the cast members from all four Jaws films. Over the years I've also developed quite an appetite for hunting down and acquiring the many Jaws-inspired films that were made over the years. Among my friends I'm considered the "Jaws rip-off king." I even started a Facebook page dedicated to these films to act as a sort of library or database. What's more, each spring my friends and I get together for a day of Jaws rip-off screenings which they kindly allow me to curate!

And even though I'm not really actively collecting anymore, it's still fun to open boxes and just explore the collection that took me almost twenty years to amass.

1. My Collection

Richard Dreyfus and me in 2011

Me at Universal Studios ca. 1994

Me with Original, Screen-used Jaws props

Me Rocking My Orca Tshirt Ca. 2012

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

That Man Is Driving Me Crazy [الراجل ده حيجنني] (Fouad El-Mohandes) - (1967)

That Man Is Driving Me Crazy [al-ragol da haganini] (1967) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is an undated Egptian rerelease poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1967 148-minute Essa Karama black-and-white film That Man Is Driving Me Crazy [al-ragol da haganini] starring Fouad El-Mohandes based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Fatah al-Sayed with cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. Plot summary: Attia [Fouad El-Mohandes] was a good man whose wife Amina [Shouweikar] complained about his weak character and finally left him. He did not know what happened to her or their daughter [Madiha Salem]. After a few years Attia decided decided to look for work in the cinema. He met a greedy producer [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] and learned that he intended to use a wealthy woman to produce films for him because he was bankrupt. Attia learned that this woman was none other than his wife, who had been left a large amount of money from a man she had been nursing. Attia tried to save his daughter, who thought he had died, and his wife from the greedy producer. He hid his identity from his daughter [Madiha Salem] hoping to prevent her from marrying the producer's son [Samir Sabri], but then he had a change of heart when the producer's son turned out to be different from his father; the marriage eventually took place and Attia and Amina were also reconciled again.

Cast and crew: Essa Karama, Mohamed Reda, Ne'mat Mokhtar, Shouweikar, Adel Imam, Hassan Attila, Fouad El-Mohandes, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Samir Sabri, Madiha Salem, Nagwa Fouad, Abdel Fatah al-Sayed, Mostafa Hassan, Hussein Esmail, Samiha Mohammad, Laila Kamal, Ahmed Sadeq, Ahmed Maher, Saleh al-Eskandarani, Amima Kamel

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Love Taxi [تاكسي الغرام] (Hoda Soltan) - (1954)

Love Taxi [taksi al-gharam] (1954) Egyptian film poster

This is an original 22" x 34" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1954 111-minute Niazi Mostafa black-and-white film Love Taxi [taksi al-gharam] starring Hoda Soltan based on story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary with screenplay by Niazi Mostafa and cinematography by Abdel Aziz Fahmy. Plot summary: A wealthy girl took a ride in a taxi one day and she and the driver fell in love, but the driver was ashamed to show his feelings because of the huge difference in their social classes. She asked him to marry her but he refused for that reason. She then tried to trick him by dressing as a poor girl who worked as a singer in a nightclub. The driver fell in love with the singer, only to discover she was the same rich girl. After overcoming interference from a few people they knew, they finally married.

Cast and crew: Niazi Mostafa, Hoda Soltan, Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, El Sayed Bedeir, Hassan Fayek, Zeinat Sedki, Said Abu Bakr, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Abu Seoud El-Ibairy, Kheiria Kheiry, Hekmat, Fawzi Ibrahim

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We Live Once [العمر واحد] (Ismail Yasseen) - (1954)

We Live Once (1954) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

We Live Once (1954) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured here are two original-year Egyptian posters designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1954 Ihsan Ferghal film We Live Once [al-omr wahd] starring Ismail Yassine based on story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary with cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. Plot summary: The owner of a company lusted after his secretary and wanted to seduce her, but the secretary loved an engineer in the company named Nafe [Ismail Yasseen]. The secretary married him and the director [Abdel Fatah Al Kasri] fired them. In the face of the unemployment problems the engineer decided to go to Brazil where his twin brother [also Ismail Yasseen] lived. He boarded an aircraft that crashed and killed all the passengers and the wife and the brother took the insurance money, which put them on a better social level. However Nafe soon appeared; the two had many problems hiding him and Nafe wore many disguises. He saw with his own eyes how men lusted after his wife in his absence. Nafe's ruse was discovered, the police arrested him and the company demanded the money. Nafe's brother arrived from Brazil and paid the insurance money, ending the problems surrounding Nafe.

Cast and crew: Ihsan Fergal, Ismail Yasseen, Habaieb, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Imad Hamdi, Gamalat Zayed, Mostafa Hassan, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Hermine, Wedad Hamdy, Mohamed al-Dib, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Mohammad Shawky, Fawzia Ibrahim, Abdel Moneim Bassioni, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Rashad Hamed

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tawhida [توحيده] (Magda El-Khatib) - (1976)

Tawhida (Magda El-Khatib) (1972) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mostafa El-Seyyed and Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1976 Houssam El-Din Mustafa 94-minute color film Tawhida starring the late Magda El-Khatib (1943-2006) as Tawhida based on the play Fanny by Marcel Pagnol with screenplay by Naguib Mahfouz, dialogue by Sabry Ezza and cinematography by Ibrahim Saleh. Plot Summary: Tawhida and Hussein [Nour El-Sherfi] were passionately in love in Alexandria and she became pregnant. Hussein left her and the unborn child because he did not have enough income to provide for them. Tawhida could not find anyone to save her and her child from this predicament other than an older man named Said Bey [Rushdy Abaza] who married her; she had the child after marrying him. Hussein returned to learn that his love had married. He tried to restore their relationship but she turned away from him; he also discovered she had had a son by him and they quarreled over this. Then he withdrew from their lives. Then Said also withdrew, realizing that it was the best thing for everyone, and Tawhida and her son finally went back to Hussein. At 41:58 one sees the ill-fated Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro docked at the Port of Alexandria about ten years before it was hijacked off the coast of Egypt by four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front.

Cast and crew: Rushdy Abaza, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Sanaa Gamil, Farid Shawqi, Achille Lauro, Magda El-Khatib, Amira, Nour El-Sherif, Naguib Mahfouz, Ibrahim Saleh, Marcel Pagnol, Sabry Ezzat

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Hope against Hope [لا تطفئ الشمس] (Faten Hamama) - (1961)

Hope against Hope [la tutfi al-shams] (Faten Hamama) (1961) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mahmoud Atef to promote the 1961 137-minute Salah Abouseif black-and-white film Hope against Hope [la tutfi al-shams] starring Faten Hamama based on story and dialogue by Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, screenplay by Lucien Lambert and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: This film is set in the time of the Tripartite Aggression; it tells the story of an aristocratic family that has lost its breadwinner. The oldest son Ahmed [Shukry Sarhan] enlists in the Egyptian army and is shown in desert military action, but in his civilian life he slowly develops a relationship with the a woman named Shahira [Nadia Lutfi], which ends in marriage after a few relatively minor complications. The daughter Layla [Faten Hamama] falls in love with her piano teacher [Imad Hamdi], who is married. This relationship is fraught with difficult moral and social problems that are never resolved. The younger son Mamdouh [Ahmed Ramzy] is more concerned with the practical matter of earning a livelihood; he serves a vehicle for showing how class and social issues in Egypt can disrupt productive economic activity.

Cast and crew: Salah Abouseif, Faten Hamama, Imad Hamdi, Nadia Lutfi, Ahmed Ramzy, Shukry Sarhan, Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, Lucien Lambert, Helmy Halim, Abdelhalim Nasr, Aqila Ratib, Laila Taher, Samiha Ayyoub, Shirin, Mohammed Alwan, Omar Zolficar, Mohamed Hamdi, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Ya'qub Michail, Amru Targoman, Adel Al-Mahilmi, Abdel Aziz Mikawi, Nesim Shehab, Alaa Badredin, Salah Musa, Laila Sadeq

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunstroke [ضربة شمس] (Nour El-Sherif) - (1978)

Sunstroke [darbet shams] (Nour El-Sherif) (1978) Egyptian film poster

This is a 26.5" x 38" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1978 113-minute Mohamed Khan color film Sunstroke [darbet shams] starring Nour El-Sherif based on a story by Mohamed Khan with screenplay and dialogue by Fayez Ghali and cinematograpy by Said Al-Shiemy. Plot summary: This film is a remake of the 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni film Blow-Up. Shams [Nour El-Sherif] is a magazine photojournalist in love with a woman named Salwa [Noura], a woman with a salaried job who supports him in his work. Together they dream of big projects. Shams is called to photograph a sumptuous party. He happens to photograph some papyrus with words burned on it that are difficult to decipher. These words lead him to a gang led by a woman [Leila Fawzi]. This gang is smuggling rare works abroad and counterfeiting money. The gang begins to pursue Shams after he discovers its secret and the police are unable to reach this mysterious woman, who commits a series of murders. The man investigating Shams gives him a picture of the gang. The two of them look for Salwa after the gang kidnaps her but she escapes after fleeing on the Helwan Metro at night. The gangleader dies when she falls out the door from a moving train while Shams is chasing her and the police are able to catch the rest of the gang. Shams and Salwa resume their lives and are shown in a final scene walking together on the old elevated pedestrian walkway in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

This relatively unpeopled film relies heavily on night highway chase scenes, and other tense escapades in the metro, in train stations, on trains and in abandoned buildings. Nour El-Sherif and Noura move about a great deal on a small blue motorbike through various parts of Cairo and Helwan; these scenes are also shown in aerial shots. The poster shows the film's emphasis on various modes of transportation.

Cast and crew: Mohamed Khan, Nour El-Sherif, Noura, Leila Fawzi, Said Al-Shiemy, Tewfik El Dekn, Abel Salam Mohamed, Motafa Metwalli, Mahmoud Farag, Farouk Falawkas, Mahmoud al-Zoheiri, Amima Salim, Adib al-Tarabolsi, Mahmoud al-Gowhari, Hamdy Salem, Ahmed Hussein, Mokhtar al-Sayed, Abdel Hamis Onsi, Hussein Abdel Wahab, Zeinab Shamis, Reshwan Mostafa, Magdi Wahba, Hussein El-Sherbini, Mahmoud Farag, Hussein Oraby, Lotfy Mansour, Abdel Hamid Anise, Mansour al-Gowhari, Habi Gamil, Mostafa Qadri, Ezzat Fouad, Sayed Khatab, Zeinab Shamis, Reshwan Mostafa, Mohammadein, Lewis Youssef, Saleh al-Eskandarani, Mohammad al-Sisi, Seif al-Nasr, Farag Hamad

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Struggle of the Professionals [صراع المحترفين] (Rushdy Abaza) - (1969)

Struggle of the Professionals [sera' al-mohtarefin] (Rushdy Abaza) (1969) Egyptian film poster

This is a picture of a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1969 102-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film Struggle of the Professionals [sera' al-mohtarefin] starring Rushdy Abaza and Naglaa Fathy based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Fayek Ismail with cinematography by Mohamed Emara. Plot summary: Gharabawy Bey [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] is the owner of a fishing fleet in the Abu Qir district of the Governorate of Alexandria. He is actually a smuggler being sought by an officer named Wahid [Rushdy Abaza], working undercover disguised as a Dr. Fathy, who is trying to get close to the smuggler's daughter Leila [Naglaa Fathy]. There is a temporary love triangle when Garabawy Bey's wife Ashgan [Nagwa Fouad] also tries to rekindle an old romance with Officer Wahid, but after Wahid has a one-man fist fight against the entire gang and is temporarily a captive on one of their boats, the police arrest the smugglers and Leila and Wahid end up getting together.

Cast and crew: Mohamed Emara, Rushdy Abaza, Naglaa Fathy, Nagwa Fouad, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Tewfik El Dekn, Hassan El-Seify, Nazim Shaarawy, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Fayek Ismail, Mohamed Emara, Ibrahim Saafan, Kawsar Shafik, Samir Shadid, Iskandar Mansi, Seif Allah Mokhtar, Abbas Rahmy

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

You Are My Love [إنت حبيبي] (Farid Al Atrache) - 1957)

You Are My Love [enta habibi] (Farid Al Atrache) (1957) original Egyptian oversize stone litho film poster

This is a 33" x 45" original Egyptian stone litho poster designed by Studio Adly to promote the 1957 109-minute Youssef Chahine black-and-white film You are My Love [enta habibi] starring Farid Al Atrache and Shadia based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary with cinematography by Ahmed Khorshed. Plot summary: The two cousins Yasmina [Shadia] and Farid [Farid Al Atrache] despise each other but decide to marry anyway because that is the only way they can meet the conditions of their grandfather's will, which stipulates they will be disinherited if they are not married. They agree the marriage will be on paper only. Nana [Hind Rostom], the woman to whom Farid's heart really belongs, accompanies them as a chaperone on their honeymoon to Aswan along with Farid's friend Zaher [Abdel Moneim Ibrahim]. Then during the honeymoon Yasmina discovers she really loves Farid and Farid also discovers he loves only Yasmina; the two restart their honeymoon.

Cast and crew: Youssef Chahine, Ali Abdel Al, Farid Al Atrache, Hind Rostom, Shadia, Ahmed Khorshed, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Seraj Munir, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Aziz Ahmed, Mimi Shakeeb, Abdel Ghani Nagdi, Sayed Soleiman, Abdul Nabi Mohammad

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