Choice, The [al-ekhtiar] (1971) - (dir: Youssef Chahine) three-piece Egyptian 40x60 $95 *

Pictured is an Egyptian three-piece promotional poster for the 1971 Youssef Chahine film The Choice, starring Soad Hosny.

Size: 27" x 39"

Price: $95

Condition: Folded, Near Mint

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This film was directed by Youssef Chahine, based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz and Youssef Chahine. It won the Tanit d'Or prize at the 1971 Carthage Film Festival. Cinematography was by Ahmed Khorshed; poster design was by Gasour. Plot Summary: Sayed was a famous writer and researcher who had climbed to the top of the social and political pyramid. He was married to Sharifa. He and his wife were preparing for a trip abroad to work in a UN delegation. He read a report in the newspaper about the murder of his twin brother Mahmoud and postponed his trip. He contacted the police to investigate his brother's murder. Mahmoud was a sailor who lived his life far and wide as he wished to do, without any responsibilities. He had absolutely no interest in social or political centers and in this he was the opposite of his brother who tried to be at the top of the pyramid. However he was often defeated by his own reworked ideas, which contained nothing new. Mahmoud stayed away from the social life Sayed loved and preferred instead to live his life free of tedious problems. He moved according to whim as he wished, moving across Mahmoud's magical world and frequenting all its places from the homes of artists to magificent mansions; the police officer was skeptical about what was happening around him and began to develop a plan for tracking this writer Sayed, who was living a double life: The cultured man caught between the true roots of culture and the effort to merge socially. Sayed fled but the police caught him and took him to a mental hospital. "When a free-spirited sailor is found murdered, his twin brother--a famous novelist--is the prime suspect. Investigators uncover a possible liaison between the dead sailor and the writer's wife, and also learned that Sayed's successful fictions owed much to the inspiration of his brother Mahmoud's adventurous life. Just as the evidence against the novelist seems overwhelming, Mahmoud turns up alive. But why are the twins never seen together...? In this very personal film, one can see the symbolic outlines of the uneasy relationship between Egyptian intellectuals and the problems of the proletariat". From the Cornell University Library web site.

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