Dead among the Living, The [bedaya wa nehaya] (1960) - (Omar Sharif) original Egyptian film poster F, NM $325 **jg**
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded Near Mint
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Pictured is an original 27" x 39" Egyptian poster made to promote the
1960 127-minute Salah Abouseif black-and-white film The Dead among
the Living [bedaya wa nehaya] based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz
with screenplay by Salah Ezzedine, dialogue by Ahmed Shawqi and Kamel
Abdel Salam and cinematography by Kamal Korayem. Plot summary: The
head of the household died leaving the family suffering from hardship
and deprivation. The oldest son Hassan [Farid Shawqi] ended up living
in a depraved neighborhood dealing in drugs and women. Hussein [Kamal
Hussein] the middle son took work with his middle school diploma to
provide an opportunity for his brother Hassanein [Omar Sharif] to
complete his studies and go to the war college. The daughter Nafisa
[Sanaa Gamil] was without beauty and found herself driven out of the
life of Soliman [Salah Mansour] the grocer after sinning with him.
She continued on this disreputable path without any friends. She
helped her brother Hassanein and her mother [Amina Rizk] with small
amounts of money she had acquired. Hassanein graduated as an officer.
He turned his back on his family, his fiancee Bayeha [Amal Farid] and
his social milieu and rose to associate with the wealthy class through
marriage. Hassan returned to his family broken-hearted, wounded and
driven out of the police force. At the same time Hassanein was
summoned to the police station because his sister had been accused of
debauchery. Hassanein was in denial at first, but then knocked Nafisa
down, kicked dirt on her and finally goaded her into drowning herself
to eliminate the scandal after he was forced to acknowledge her guilt.
This is the confrontation depicted on the poster. Then when it was too
late he regretted her death, thought about his own life, saw his own
world in ruins and jumped into the Nile himself.
This film is on film critic Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of the 100 most important Egyptian films; it is based on a 1949 novel by Naguib Mahfouz.
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