Auliban the Seller of Jokes (1965) - (Fairuz) Italian billboard
This is a 79" x 169" Italian billboard poster designed by Manfredo for the 1965 Youssef Chahine film Auliban the Seller of Jokes written by Assi and Mansour Rahbani and starring Fairuz as Rima. Plot summary: The story is set in the year 1914 in a peaceful mountain village in Lebanon. The mayor, seeing that the population is bored, invents a fictitious character named Rajeh; he tells stories to villagers about the exploits of this person, who is a robber and a murderer. One day the mayor (Nasri Shamseddine) warns the villagers that Rajeh is heading to the village itself and tells them they must beware. Two clever men realize the mayor has been lying and decide to impersonate the fictitious Rajeh, steal money and assault the mayor in the dark. Eventually an old man who is really named Rajeh arrives in the village, amid public fears. Then it became obvious that Rajeh was merely a seller of rings for weddings who had wanted to marry his son to the mayor's daughter Homa (Fairuz). The two miscreants willingly go to jail for exploiting the mayor's prank.
Cast and crew: Youssef Chahine, Manfredo, Assi Rahbani, Mansour Rahbani, Fairuz, Nasri Shamseddine, Joseph Azar, Phelemone Wehbe, Joseph Nassif, Elie Choueiri, Mansour Rahbani, Salwa Haddad, William Hasswani, Huda, Andre Domage