Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Cigarette and a Glass [سيجارة وكاس] (Samia Gamal) - (1955)

A Cigarette and a Glass [sigara wa kas] (Samia Gamal) (1957) original Egyptian stone litho film poster

Pictured is a 27.5" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohamed Abdel Aziz to promote the 1955 112-minute Niazi Mostafa black-and-white film A Cigarette and a Glass [sigara wa kas] starring Samia Gamal based on a story by Abdel Aziz Salam, screenplay by Abdel Aziz Salam, Hassan Tewfik and Niazi Mostafa, dialogue by Abdel Aziz Salam and Hassan Tewfik and cinematography by Abdel Aziz Fahmy. Plot summary: This is a famous Egyptian melodrama in which the late Samia Gamal (1924 - 1994) plays the part of a renowned dancer named Hoda Gamal, who gives up the spotlight for marriage and is then driven to drink by jealousy. Hoda is jealous of a scheming Italian nurse named Yolanda [Dalida] who is working for her husband Dr. Mamdouh Samy [Nabil Al Alfi]. The tension is resolved at the end with the outbreak of a fire in their apartment that threatens the life of their daughter; this brings the couple to their senses and results in Yolanda's replacement as Dr. Mamdouh's assistant. Kouka, the wife of director Niazi Mostafa, sings the title song in her role as Hoda's friend and fellow performer Azz.

Cast and crew: Niazi Mostafa, Abdel Aziz Salam, Nabil Al Alfi, Seraj Munir, Dalida, Kouka, Mohamed Reda, Hussein Abdel Nabi, Hosni Claude, Mervat Kazem, Kamal al-Zeini, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Hassan Tewfik, Samia Gamal

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