Return of the Prodigal Son [awdat al-ibn al-dal] (1976) - (dir: Youssef Chahine) Egyptian film poster F, NM $195 *
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded, Near Mint
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This an original folded 27" x 39" Egyptian movie poster designed by
Raouf for the 1976 Youssef Chahine film Return of the prodigal
son freely adapted from the 1907 André Gide novel, produced in
Egypt and Algeria with screenplay by Salah Jahine and Youssef Chahine
and starring Ali Mahrez as Ali. Plot summary: "Return of the
Prodigal Son is another Chahine parable set between the
Arab-Israeli wars. An activist who's been jailed for more than a
decade, Ali is eagerly awaited by his family. All hope that this just
man will stand up against his ruthless brother's tyranny, but nobody
even recognizes the prodigal when he shows up during a big
party. Prison has so thoroughly crushed Ali's youth and idealism that
he now allies himself with the
oppressor." From the Cornell University Library web site.
The film is a melodrama/musical centering on family strife in the
Madbouli family heightened by the release of the family's youngest son
from prison after serving ten years for construction fraud; Ali turns
out to be a disappointment when he goes to work at his father's
factory. The family lives on a farm headed by an authoritarian father
[Mahmoud El-Meliguy]. The film has also been seen as an allegorical
treatment of Egypt's poliitical disillusion following the death of
Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), who had been criticized by some as an
authoritarian leader of a police state, too dependent on the power of
his personal charisma and unable to create intermediary institutions
or adopt practical programs for national development.
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