Friday, May 19, 2017

Dalal, the Egyptian دلال المصرية (Magda El-Khatib) - (1970) Egyptian one-sheet

Dalal, the Egyptian (1970) - (Magda El-Khatib) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Walid Wahig for the 1970 Hassan Al Imam film Dalal, the Egyptian based on a Naguib Mahfouz adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novel al-ba'th (Resurrection) [voskrecenye/Воскресение]. This was Tolstoy's last novel. It was produced in several other film adapations, most notably the 1934 production by Samuel Goldwyn of Rouben Mamoulian's We Live Again starring Fredric March and Anna Stein. Plot Summary: The orphan girl Atiyat [Magda El-Khatib] grew up in an old mansion with the sons of the current owner (Fouad Bey's aunt) until the owner threw her out after discovering she had lost her virginity, not knowing that Fouad Bey himself [Hussein Fahmy] had been responsible. Atiyat tried to do the honorable thing. She took a job at a dye factory where she met Mohammad, [Salah Kabil] who loved her and wanted to marry her. Things did not go well for her there however; she quit working at the factory and went to work as a dancer for Fatma Al-Falali [Hoda Soltan]. Years later while she was working there she was accused of murder. Fouad Ahmad was a judge on the court that sentenced her to 15 years in prison, but something moved inside Fouad Bey causing him to suffer pangs of remorse. He resigned so he could mount a defense for Atiyat; after much effort collecting judicial papers he was able to get her exonerated. He thought he could now make amends for the past and marry her, but she turned him down and married Mohammad back at the dye factory.

Cast and crew: Magda El-Khatib, Salah Kabil, Hussein Fahmy, Madiha Kamel, Hassan Al Imam, Soheir El-Barouni, Souraya Helmy, Leila Fawzi, Hoda Soltan, Abdelhalim Nasr, Naguib Mahfouz, Leo Tolstoy

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