Wahiba Queen of the Gypsies [wahiba maliket al-ghagar] (1951) - (Kouka) original Egyptian film poster F, EX $295 *
Size: 23" x 35"
Condition: Folded, Excellent (minor edge damage)
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Pictured is a 23" x 35" original Egyptian poster designed by Hassan
Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1951 Niazi Mostafa 111-minute
black-and-white film Wahiba Queen of the Gypsies [wahiba
maliket al-ghagr] starring Kouka based on a story by Mohammad Kamel
Hassan with screenplay by Niazi Mostafa, dialogue by Bayram El Tounsi
and cinematography by Wuhan. Plot summary: Adham Bey expelled a group
of gypsy farmers from their land and the gypsies, led by Qandil,
responded by kidnapping his little girl. Adham's son Sherif [Gamal
Fares] and his friends began looking for the girl. Wahiba [Kouka],
the leader of the gypsies, disguised herself as a pretty girl and had
a meeting with Sherif. The two of them fell in love and decided to
marry, even though gypsy traditions were a barrier to such a marriage.
The situation became more difficult when Sherif realized that the
pretty girl he loved was just a gypsy and was unacceptable to his
family, and he decided to call off the marriage. Wahiba went to Cairo
to break into show business as a singer and a dancer with the help of
a friend named Mahrous [Abdel Aziz Mahmoud]. She met Sherif there again
after she had begun to make a name for herself and no longer dressed
or acted like a gypsy. He did not know her at first; then he
recognized her and realized she was none other than Wahabia herself,
the queen of the gypsies; they reconciled and married, but the
experience had taught Sherif a hard lesson.
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