Thousand and One Nights, A [alf layla wa layla] (1964) - (Shadia) Style A Egyptian movie poster F, NM $85 *
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded, Near Mint
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In this film director Hassan Al Imam, screenplay and dialogue writer
Mohamed Moustapha Sami and cinematographer Abdelhalim Nasr join forces
with the help of an all-star cast to play the role of the mythical
storyteller Sheherezade as she spins in the language of cinema one of
her many tales of desert mystery, magic, palace intrigue, mendicant
effrontery and sexual desire. The poster was designed by Mohammad
Hassan the beggar and his son Shahtut frequented fairs, where Hassan
did tricks. They were often away from home. His wife Shahira worked
in his absence and entertained her paramour, a genie. However Shahtut
discovered the genie's presence once when he come home unexpectedly.
He warned his mother he would say somthing to his father. The lover
seized him and threatened him, and the boy died in his hands. Shahira
fled with the paramour to the desert and he began attacking caravans.
He was able to get away from the caliph's men. Shahira had a baby but
lost the way with him in the desert. She left him alone in the desert
with half an amulet, the other half of which was with the paramour.
The caliph's soldiers took him and named him Kazem. Meanwhile Hassan
married Ka'ba al-Ghazal and had a baby named Hayat. The soldiers
declared a curfew and were beating the people to drive them into their
homes. Hayat was knocked to the ground, but she was saved by Fotouh.
She thought he was a begger but dicovered he was a gardener in the
sultan's palace and fell in love with him. However, Nourhan, a lady
from the palace, was eavesdropping on the conversations between Fotouh
and Hayat. Kazem grew up and because of his intrigues he bacame a
minister who took lovers, among tem Zubayda and Nourhan, who brought
him news from the palace. The caliph made a plan for his son
Noureddin to masquerade as one of the people and present himself to
Hayat as the gardener named Fotouh if he was not in agreement with the
behavior of his minister Kazem. A caravan came into Baghdad owned by
Sheikh Gawal. Hassan the beggar knew him as the old genie enemy who
had killed his son, and decided to take revenge against him. The
paramour accused him of theft and asked the sultan to cut off his
hand, but the caliph died and his son Noureddin took the throne. Hayat
was surprised when she learned the new caliph was the palace gardener.
The new caliph revoked all the orders Kazem had issued. Zubayda
offered to kill the caliph by means of Hassan. Kazem released Hassan
and asked him for the hand of his daughter Hayat and to kill the
caliph during the dance that would take place at the celebration.
However Nourhan intervened at the last minute and intercepted the
knife thrust Hassan had directed at the caliph. When Hassan was
caught he said it was the genie who had incided him to commit this
crime; he had taken advantage of the fact that he was in the same
prison, killed him and fled. Kazem fell in love with Hayat. This
angered Zubayda, who decided to take revenge. She allowed Hassan into
the palace, who dicovered that Kazem was carrying the other part of
the amulet, learned he was the son of the genie and attacked him.
However Kazem did not die and he ordered that Hassan and his son be
burned in the public square. The caliph returned from his journey at
that time, revoked Kazem's order and asked Hayat to marry him.
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