Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Travel Tuesday: A Classic Egyptian Movie Poster

I spotted this great old movie poster inside my favorite movie theater in Tangier, Cinema Rif. They play lots of Moroccan films, contemporary international films, and old classics. The night I snapped this on my phone I went to see Easy Rider. It's one of my favorite movies of all time and I had never seen it on big screen!

This poster is for Antar bin chaddad, a 1961 feature by Egyptian director Niazi Mostafa that was released in English as Antar the Black Prince. I guess that's Antar there about to throw his scimitar in order to win the heart of that lovely lady, who is already admiring his blade.

I haven't seen this movie, but it looks like a grand historical epic, something the Egyptians did a lot of back in the day. Mostafa was a productive director from the Thirties through the Seventies. His IMDB page lists him as having done 82 movies. There's a good short bio of him here that reveals he learned his craft at the famous UFA studios in Germany and was mysteriously murdered.

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of movies. Filmed in Eastman Color - that's definitely old school.

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