Khan al-Khalili (1966) - (Samira Ahmed) Egyptian film poster F, NM $65 *
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded Near Mint
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This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour
and Mohammad Abdel Aziz for the 1966 Atef Salem film Khan
al-Khalili based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz and starring Samira
Ahmed as Nawal. Plot Summary: The Akef family moved to Khan
al-Khalili. They were the parents, the big brother Ahmed Akef [Imad
Hamdi] who was over 40 and the little brother Rushdy [Hassan Youssef]
who was completing his studies. A variety of personality types lived
in Khan al-Khalili such as the teacher Nunu who lived his life with no
tomorrow and ran sentences together when he spoke. In the midst of
the air raids during World War II the people in the neighborhood took
refuge in the air raid shelter. Ahmed loved his good-looking neighbor
Nawal [Samira Ahmed] and tried to get close to her. His mother talked
about his feelings for her. He felt he had hopes. When Nawal fell in
love with Rushdy, met him and went for a walk with him Rushdy went
through a crisis within and came down with tuberculosis. He thought
of Ahmad and the sacrifice of his love for Nawal. Ahmad began to get
involved with the Khan al-Khalil society and had an encounter with the
teacher Nunu's nihilism. Rushdy's illness worsened and he died.
Nawal was stricken by Rushdy's death and the family decided to move
from Khan al-Khalili to another area.
This film is on film critic Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of the 100
most important Egyptian films, and film critic Sa'ad al-Din Tawfiq
also includes it on his list of the Egyptian top 100; it is based on a
novel by Naguib Mahfouz.
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