Saturday, September 17, 2016

Women of the Night نساء الليل (Kamal Al-Shennawi) - (1973) Egyptian one-sheet

Women of the Night (1973) - (Kamal Al-Shennawi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Kamal Al-Shennawi (1918-2011) for the 1973 Helmy Rafla film Women of the Night AKA nesa' al-layl based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Ahmed Abdel Wahab and Faisal Nada and starring Kamal Al-Shennawy as Ahmed Hamdy. Plot summary: Ahmed Hamdy chose a nightclub singer and dancer named Zeinab [Nahed Sherif] to model for one of his paintings. He was trying to convey a sense of loss in the portrait, which he was planning to enter in a contest at a government festival. In frequent visits to Ahmed's studio Zeinab came to understand his various feelings, the most important of which was his love for her. Ahmed's painting won a big prize at the government festival and he became famous. When he went back to Cairo, Yousria [Nelly] tried to see him because she wanted him to marry her, but even though she needed him desperately he could not stand her.

Cast and crew: Hassan Youssef, Nelly, Nahed Sherif, Helmy Rafla, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Wedad Hamdy, Ghassan Mattar, Aziza Helmy, Ibrahim Saafan, Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Faisal Nada, Kawsar Ramzi, Mokhtar El Sayed, Seif Allah Mokhtar, Hamdy Youssef

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