Thursday, October 19, 2006

أفواه و أرانب


I recently saw this great movie called Afwah wa Araneb, starring Faten Hamama who was simply brilliant. Although this was a later film made in 1977, never before had I seen her appear as beautiful as in this one.


The story was nice, and all the actors played their parts very well. Mahmoud Yassin was for once not playing an overly complexed character that casts a depressing shadow in the filmoric atmosphere. And Farid Shawki played this small role as her brother in-law, who, although a drunk who had fraudulently married her off in her absence to a complete stranger without even bothering to notify her, to pay off a debt, was a loveable drunk nonetheless.

And the film was a drama mind you, but one which didn't lose touch with the basic humanity of its characters, even its villains. The village thug, who, hearing of Faten Hamama's arrival after her long absence from the village came at once to collect his prize, in his ignorant brutishness makes the viewers laugh at him as well. Hats off to the director of this masterpiece of Egyptian cinema Henry Barakat, and to the writer and screenwriter Samir Abdel-Azim.

6 comments:

Mohamed said...

Agree 100% seneferu, and I usually don't like faten 7amama (I'm a so3ad 7osny guy) but she was so natural and brilliant in that movie, and the movie itself is so realistic and well done, even the fatma 3eed song at the end, but you failed to mention, the consistently genius and funny 3aly el shereef, another great one is el 7afeed.

Seneferu said...

Yes I actually loved that song at the end! I even kept singing it in the back of my head for a while, lol. Is that fatma 3eed? Remind me, which one is 3aly el shereef?

Mohamed said...

You must be kidding man, you don't know 3aly el shereef? In the movie he was her husband that fareed shaw2y made her marry without her knowledge, he used to appear in most of 3adel emam's movies, he was the one who occupied his dad's tomb in karakoon fel share3 and turned it into a '3orza.

Seneferu said...

Yes I liked his character a lot, I just didn't know his name. And his two henchmen who accompanied him wherever he went, the subtleties were done very well. lol @ the ghorza in the tomb part, it suits him very well.

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