The Empty Pillow (R60s) - الوسادة الخالية


Based on a novel by Ihsan Abdel Quddous, Abdel Halim Hafez portrays Salah, a young college student who experiences love for the first time when he meets Samiha, played by the beautiful singer-actress Lobna Abdel Aziz. They are separated by circumstances and his nights are spent looking at her face in “the empty pillow” next to him. Both find another partner to marry, but their chance encounters over the years, while in the company of their spouses, cause him to spend his life in regret over the haunting memory of his lost love. At long last, however, he comes to understand that he loves his devoted wife above all else.

This poster is from a re-release of the film in the 1960s. Its imagery is inspired by the first-release poster, showing Abdel Halim and Lobna in an intimate but distracted embrace, with an added element of color and dreamy emotion in Lobna's striking green eyes. The red title against a blue background provide an attractive contrast, and the monochromatic image of the lonely and contemplative wife is given prominence in the foreground.

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 Year 1957 (film); 1960s (poster)
Dimensions 27 x 39 in
70 x 100 cm
Condition Good vintage condition. The paper is wrinkled overall due to past humidity conditions. Corner wrinkles. Light-colored spots on the edges and above the central illustration.
Artist Unknown
Printer Al-Nasr Press
Medium Stone lithography





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