The Mirage (1970) - (Nour El-Sherif) Egyptian one-sheet
This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy for the 1970 Anwar El-Shenawy film black-and-white film The Mirage based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz and starring Nour El-Sherif as Kamel. Plot Summary: Kamel (Nour El-Sherif) is a wealthy boy who marries a teacher named Rebab (Magda). A lot of time is consumed early in the film with a series of silent flirtations as they shyly watch each other from a distance in and out of metro cars. They finally break the tension with an awkward conversation in which he proposes in his first complete sentence to her. On the wedding night she discovers he is impotent. Kamel goes to Dr. Amin the psychiatrist (Rushdy Abaza) who assures him his problems are caused by things that happened during his childhood. Dr. Amin knows Rebab. He asks her to help Kamel overcome his problem to get through the marriage crisis and restore him to full health. The dysfunction continues as Kamel is unable to perform with his wife, especially since his mother (Aqila Ratib), who does not like Rebab, dominates his thinking; he is only able to do this in a brothel. However Kamel still loves Rebab very much. During this period a relationship begins between Dr. Amin and Rebab after a furious fight between her and Kamel. This affair results in pregnancy; when Rebab is on her way home Kamel tells her he has been cured, but she is not able to respond to him, and he discovers the truth. Then she dies of a hemhorrage during a miscarriage.
Cast and crew: Magda, Nour El-Sherif, Naguib Mahfouz, Anwar El-Shenawy, Aqila Ratib, Taheya Cariocca, Abbas Fares, Rushdy Abaza, Mahmoud Nasr, Ali El Zorkani, Aziza Helmy, Zeinat Sedki, Mimi Gamal, Mohammed Abaza, Zeinat Alawy