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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