Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Three Devils [الشياطين الثلاثة] (Rushdy Abaza) - (1964)

The Three Devils [al-shayatin al-thalatha] (Rushdy Abaza) - (1964) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a first printing of a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammad Abdel Aziz to promote the 1964 90-minute Houssam El-Din Mustafa black-and-white film The Three Devils [al-shayatin al-thalatha] starring Rushdy Abaza based on a story idea from Lucien Lambert with screenplay and dialogue by Mohamed Kamel Abdel Salam and Behgat Kamar and cinematography by Adel Abdel Azim. Plot summary: Prisoners are breaking up rocks at Abu Zaabal Prison. Saadawi [Rushdy Abaza] is serving time for murder, Fatouh Madaan [Hassan Youssef] for selling narcotics and Azab [Ahmed Ramzy] for fighting with a fish merchant. When their sentences are served, before release they swear to live peaceful lives, especially Azab, who loves Zeinab [Nawal Abdul Fotouh] and plans to marry her after telling her family he will be taking a trip abroad. Azab asks the fish merchant Abdel Razeq [Abdel Alim Khattab] to return to him his automobile, which he has left with him while in prison. Abdel Razeq refuses and he and his men beat up Azab. The three friends meet Hamdia [Berlanty Abdel Hamid], a woman who owns a fishing boat in Suez. Like the other fishermen, she suffers from the domination of Abdel Razeq, who has a monopoly on the shipping of fish to Cairo. The three friends try to establish an understanding with him but the only language he understands is the language of force and violence. They work with Hamdia and Shalabi, Zeinab's father, buy a new truck for transporting the fish and begin a freelance business doing this. Abdel Razeq and his men burn the truck but Saadawy has insured it so he buys another one. Abdel Razeq and his men then stash narcotics in the fish the three men are shipping to Cairo thinking they belong to Hamdia. Meanwhile the police have been watching Abdel Razeq's gang while they are taking the narcotics to shore using Hamdia's boat. After a big fight they arrest Abdel Razeq and his men.

Cast and crew: Rushdy Abaza, Ahmad Ramzy, Hassan Youssef, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Berlanty Abdel Hamid, Behgat Kamar, Mohamed Kamel Abdel Salam, Lucien Lambert, Nawal Abdul Foutouh, Abdel Alim Khattab, Nasr Seif, Mohamed Sabih, Hussein Ismail, Mohamed al-Tukhi

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