Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We're the Bus People [إحنا بتوع الأتوبيس] (Adel Imam) - (1978) Egyptian film poster

We're the Bus People [ehna bitu' al-otobis] (Adel Imam) - (1959) Egyptian film poster

Pictured is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Mohammed Abdel Aziz to promote the 1978 Hussein Kamal 137-minute color film We're the Bus People [ehna bitu' al-otobis] starring Adel Imam based on the 1976 Jalal al-Din Al-Hamamsi novel Dialogue behind the Walls [hewar wara' al-aswar] with screenplay and dialogue by Farouk Sabry and cinematography by Mohsen Nasr. Plot summary: The story's events begin in the days leading up to the 1967 six-day war. A quarrel breaks out on a crowded bus between two acquaintance passengers named Gaber [Adel Imam] and Marzouq [Abdel Moneim Madbouly] and the bus conductor. Gaber and Marzouq are eventually jailed for their conduct. A group of arrested political dissidents later joins them in the jail. They are all transferred to another holding facility and accused of distributing publications calling for the overthrow of the government; of course Gaber and Marzouq refuse to sign confessions since they have been accidentally grouped with the dissidents. They are not believed, brutally flogged, tortured and forced to confess to crimes of which they are not guilty. Marzouq is later killed by gunfire from guards during a prison revolt. The title of the film is a line Marzouq repeats several times while pleading his innocence under interrogation. This film is widely understood as a fierce indictment of oppression under corrupt Arab governments.

Cast and crew: Adel Imam, Abdel Moneim Madbouly, Moshira Ismail, Hussein Kamal, Aqila Ratib, Said Abdel Ghani, Younes Shalaby, Ibrahim Saafan, Wagdy El-Araby, Essad Youniss, Gamal Ismail, Gamal Ismail, Madhar Abol Naga, Abdalah Mishrif, Ahmed Salama, Reshwan Said, Ali Al Ghandour, Adawy Gheith, Alia Abdel Moneim, Ahmed Salama, Abdel Hamid al-Monir, Abou Al-Seoud Attia, Sayed Mahmoud, Rafet Ragi, Faisal Azab, Reshwan Mostafa

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