Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Marital Obedience Dwelling [بيت الطاعة] (Youssef Wahby) - (1960)

The Marital Obedience Dwelling [beyt al-ta'a] (Youssef Wahby) - (1960) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian promotional poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1953 101-minute Youssef Wahby black-and-white musical comedy The Marital Obedience Dwelling [beyt al-ta'a] starring Youssef Wahby based on story and screenplay by Youssef Wahby with cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. Plot summary: In this domestic battle of the sexes comedy there is harsh bickering between husband Gamil Rushdy [Youssef Wahby] and wife Fekiya [Hoda Soltan]. The husband insults his wife and their life becomes such an unbearable hell that the husband uses an obedience cane on his wife. This only makes matters worse so they go to a judge. The wife demands a divorce and the husband demands that she live with him in a marital obedience dwelling. The judge sides with the husband and orders the wife to obey her husband and live in a special obedience dwelling where she must do as he directs. The wife complies and goes to the obedience dwelling (a special apartment that has been rented and furnished for the purpose with such things as signs that read "relatives are scorpions" and "down with my mother-in-law") along with her mother [Marie Munib], who was the reason for most of the bickering. The husband works on refining his wife and the mother-in-law learns not to interfere in her daughter's affairs. Peace is restored, the disagreements between them disappear and love and happiness replace the disputes that were ruining their lives.

Cast and crew: Youssef Wahby, Hoda Soltan, Ismail Yasseen, Farid Shawqi, Marie Munib, Zouzou Mady, Mostafa Hassan, Hagar Hamdi, Fakher Fakher, Hussein El-Meliguy, Shafik Noureddin, Amina Kheyri, Hassan el Baroudi, Mohamed Sabih, Gamalat Zayed, Abdel Aziz Badawi

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