Midaq Alley [zoqaq al-midaq] (1963) - (Shadia) Egyptian film poster F,NM $250 **jg**
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded Near Mint
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The poster pictured is a 27" x 39" stone lithograph showing the title
of the film as the name of the protagonist Hamida (played by Shadia).
The film is based on the 1947 novel zoqaq al-midaq by Naguib
Mahfouz. Plot Summary: People of various nationalities and trades
lived in Midaq Alley. This story is about Hamida and Hassan when he
was treating her like a sister, but had no influence with her. Hamida
was trying to leave poor Midaq and rise to a better life . Hamida was
able to leave Midaq and work at the English prison in Abbasia where
she met some of the English soldiers and supplied them with narcotics
obtained in Midaq. Her mother could not control her. Abbas the
barber was able to attract Hamida's attention for he loved her and
wanted to marry her. She neither accepted nor refused but she was
hoping for better. Abbas decided to go to the prison to get money. He
went with Uncle Kamel the pastry seller to ask for Hamida's hand. She
agreed to marry him after he returned. However Sayed Atwan the big
merchant in Midaq wanted to marry Hamida too, even though he was
already married. Hamida's mother refused to allow this even though
Hamida was agreeable. However Sayed Atwan took a fall on the street
and died of a heart attack a few days later. Ibrahim Farahat, who was
running for Parliament, appeared in the neighborhood with Farag.
Farag had succeeded in getting Hamida to go with him to the cinema.
He then took her to his sumptious apartment where he tried to kiss
her, but she ran away. The next day Hamida went to Farag without
returning to Midaq, Farad turned his apartment into a dance school and
nicknamed Hamida Titi. Abbas returned from vacation and did not find
Hamida. Hussein quarreled with his father the old teacher who owned a
coffee shop in Midaq and was planning to leave the neighborhood. The
end of the war was announced, which embittered Farag. A drunken
English soldier shot at Titi. She grabbed the gun, shot at Farag and
he died. Abbas happened to be at the bar and he carried Hamida when
she died at Midaq.
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