Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Beloved Country [بلد المحبوب] (Taheya Cariocca) - (1951)

The Beloved Country [al-balad al-mahbub] (Taheya Cariocca) - (1951) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 23" x 35" poster designed by Dimitri Gabriel and Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1951 Helmy Rafla two-hour black-and-white film The Beloved Country [al-balad al-mahbub] starring Taheya Cariocca based on a story by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary with dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, screenplay by Helmy Rafla and cinematography by Bruno Salvi. Plot summary: A wealthy farmer owns hundreds of acres of land. He advises his son to marry his friend's daughter but she refuses because she does not want to marry a farmer. Her father pressures her to marry him because this will relieve him of financial hardship due to the money he will get after they marry. However the girl loves her cousin in Cairo who does not have money. The boy meets a dancer and and asks her to teach him the ways of modern life and how to interact with girls. He wants all of this so he can please the girl who has refused him. The dancer falls in love with him. Meanwhile the girl discovers the truth about her cousin, who abandons her after learning her father is on the verge of bankruptcy. Then the girl agrees to marry the first boy. The dancer withdraws from their lives.

Cast and crew: Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Helmy Rafla, Bruno Salvi, Taheya Cariocca, Ismail Yasseen, Saad Abdel Wahab, Soad Makawy, Hassan Fayek, Sherifa Maher, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Waress Assar, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Wedad Hamdy, Soraya Fakhry, Zaki Ibrahim, Amina El-Said, Dalal Mahmoud, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim

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