Salama (1945) - (Om Kolsum) rare Egyptian stone lithograph F, NM $750 *
Size: 24" x 35.5"
Condition: Folded, Near Mint
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This is an original 24" x 35.5" Egyptian stone lithograph poster
designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1945 Togo Mizrahi
100-minute black-and-white film Salama starring Om Kolsum as
Salama based on a story by Ali Ahmed Bakathir with dialogue and songs
by Bayram El Tounsi and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot
summary: This film is a musical melodrama showcasing the singing of Om
Kolsum. As it begins Salama is shown passing in silence without
returning a greeting from a man sitting with a group of friends. When
asked why Salama did not return his greeting, the man tells her story.
Salama once lived with her companion Shawq as a maid in the home of
Sheikh Abu Wafa. She had a beautiful voice and developed songs during
the day and sang them at night, until Sheikh Abu Wafa got tired of her
songs and sold her and Shawq on the maid market. She was bought by a
libertine named ibn Soheir who commercialized the voice of his new
maid. Salama met and fell in love with a pious man named Sheikh Abdel
Rahman al-Qos [Yehia Chahine] who was ridiculed for his love of a maid
by the other Arabs. When ibn Soheir went bankrupt and sold his maids
and all his property, Abdel Rahman came forward to buy her and marry
her, but found that she had been summoned to the caliph's palace and
had then fled the palace. Abdel Rahman looked for her and became ill;
Salama went looking for him, only to find him just as he was breathing
his last. The scene returns to Salama, her silence and the man
relating the events of her life.
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