Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Widow and the Devil [الارمله و الشيطان ] (Safia El Emari) - (1984) Egyptian Film Poster

The Widow and the Devil [al-armala wal-shaytan] (1984) - (Safia El Emari) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Moaty to promote the 1984 103-minute Henry Barakat color film The Widow and the Devil [al-armala wal-shaytan] starring Safia El Emari based on story and screenplay by Rafiq al-Saban, dialogue by Hesham al-Salambouni and cinematography by Kamal Korayem. Plot summary: The wealthy widow Hanan [Safia El Emari] lives in Ismailia with her nanny Om Hamdi [Souraya Helmy]. She refuses to remarry because her suitors are all just after her wealth. Lobna [Maali Zayed] is a woman who works for the seamstress who makes Hanan's clothing. Hanan sympathizes with her because she is pregnant and needs to marry her fiance Atef [Farouk Al-Fichawy], who does not have an apartment; she gives Lobna a small building rent-free in the garden at her villa were she and Atef can live, and she also hires Atef as her driver. She does this over the objections of Om Hamdi, who is suspicious of Lobna. Then Atef makes a pass at Hanan and begins showing other signs of affection for her. This upsets Lobna and leads to violent arguments between her and Atef, one of which ends with Lobna's death. Hanan and Atef wrap the body in a shower curtain, put in the trunk of her automobile and take it to a field, where Atef buries it. This collaboration seems to cement their once tentative and forbidden relationship. Hanan receives blackmail letters and telephone calls threatening to report the crime and demanding huge amounts of money; then she learns Lobna's death was a ruse and that she is still alive living in an apartment with Atef. The remainder of the film is about Hanan's revenge.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Maali Zayed, Ibrahim Al Sharkawi, Souraya Helmy, Kamal Karim, Safia El Emari, Henry Barakat, Farouk Al-Fichawy, Ibrahim Al Sharkawi, Ahmed Abou Ebia, Motawei Awis, Reshwan Mostafa, Aran Bahr, Sousou Mostafa, Rafiq al-Saban, Hesham al-Salambouni, Kamal Korayem

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