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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