Knight of the City, The [fares al-medina] (1991) - (Mahmoud Hemida) Egyptian film poster F, NM $35 *
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded Near Mint
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This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster by an unknown designer for the
1991 Mohamed Khan film The Knight of the City AKA fares
al-medina based on a story by Mohamed Khan with screenplay and
dialogue by Fayez Ghaly and starring Mahmoud Hemida as Fares. Plot
Summary: The film is set in Cairo in the year 1988. The filming was
done in 32 days beginning 26 May 1990. It tells a complex story about
the life of Fares Hassan al-Helali, a prosperous and somewhat
conniving mid-level businessman dealing in currency, automobiles and
real estate. His wealth comes from currency trading and the running
of a number of large commercial projects. The main line of this
multi-threaded plot is a conflict between Fares and another slightly
more prosperous businessman and drug merchant Ahmed Al-Wezzan [Abdel
Aziz Makhyoun]. As the film begins Fares worries how he will raise the
five million pounds he needs to pay a debt to Ahmed. He ends up
selling everything to manage it, but in the end it is Fares who
triumphs in a series of tense and sometimes violent encounters.
In the beginning Fares quarrels with his ex wife Dalal [Soad Nasr]
about their son [Abdel Aziz al-Qarantili]. He had separated from
Dalal to live with her son Bakr [Farid Naguib Sorur], a university
student, and with his new lover. This is the start of another plot
line in which the son is kidnapped by Ahmed's gang, disappears,
eventually becomes addicted to drugs and is then found using them and
beaten up by Fares in a public bathroom.
In a moment of despair, after having lost everything to Ahmed,
Fares hits an elderly pedestrian with his car and then takes him to a
big hospital, checks him in as his own father and pays for his
treatment. Although Fares does not know at first, the old man is in
the habit of throwing himself in front of fancy automobiles so he can
live comfortably for a while in a big hospital. Fares and the old
opportunist find a bond of some kind and eventually become drinking
buddies, replicating in a superficial way the false identities of
father and son, an idea the elderly man had first broached to Fares
while he was checking his "victim" into a hospital.
Soon after they establish the new bond of trust the old man
confesses to Fares with startling honesty his fraudulent practice of
fake victimhood. He recounts his specific encounter with Fares in
detail, and explains how he had sized him up and set out to dupe him.
Fares accepts this with equanimity and they remain friends. In this
moment of candor with the old man, Fares also tells the nurse in
attendance Hoda [Lucy] the story of their contrived relationship,
makes a date to meet her and begins a relationship with her.
There is much freeway footage in and around Cairo by
cinematographer Kamal Abdel Aziz as well as multiple insertions of
original cuts from old Om Kolsum performances to illustrate the
fondness Fares has for her music and sometimes to accentuate points in
the story line with her lyrics.
Cast and crew: Mahmoud Hemida, Aida Riad, Soad Nasr, Abdel Aziz
Makhyoun, Hassan Hosny, Ahmed Bedir, Lucy, Osman Abdel Moneim, Mohamed
Metwalli, Atia Oweysi, Lotfi Labieb, Khaled El Sawy, Mahmoud Al-Lawzi,
Abdel Aziz al-Qarantili and Farid Naguib Sorur.
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