Monday, October 26, 2015

The Purple Rose [زهرة البنفسج] (Zubaida Tharwat) - (1977) Egyptian one-sheet

Purple Rose (1977) - (Zubaida Tharwat) Egyptian one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Ghani and Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1977 Abdel Rahman El Khamesy 92-minute black-and-white film The Purple Rose [zahret al-banafseg] starring Zubaida Tharwat based on a story by Ibrahim al-Mawgi with screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Rahman El Khamesy and Ahmed El Khamesy and cinematography by Adel Abdel Azim. Plot summary: As a married couple Kamal [Mohamed Lutfy] and Samiha [Moshira Ismail] had their dreams disrupted after Kamal discovered he had a critical disease, which he concealed from everyone. One night Kamal met an actress named Hayat [Zubaida Tharwat], who was working at a night club to make ends meet after her husband died. She was planning to quit the night club but its manager Rashed [Ahmad Taufiq] wanted her to stay, so he kidnapped her daughter to get leverage. Hayat fell in love with Kamal. Kamal decided to end his relationship with Hayat and tell her about his illness, but he died in his train seat on the way to see her in Alexandria and never had a chance to do it. In a dramatic final scene, standing on the train platform waiting for his arrival Hayat saw him through the window sitting dead in his seat, but his body was not removed and she watched as the train continued on its way with its dead passenger.

Cast and crew: Abdel Rahman El Khamesy, Zubaida Tharwat, Adel Imam, Mohamed Lutfy, Ahmed Taufiq, Youssef Chaban, Mohsen Sarhan, Adel Abdel Azim, Moshira Ismail, Alia Abdel Moneim

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