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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