Arab Film Distribution presents:
A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE
Dir: Niazi Mostafa, 1955.
112 min. Egypt.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
Special thanks to Arab Film Distribution
MONDAY, APRIL 8TH – 7:30PM
MONDAY, APRIL 22ND – 10PM
Hoda (the luminous Samia Gamal) quits her job as Cairo’s most famous bellydancer to marry Mamdouh, a handsome young surgeon. Their life together is pure bliss until his voluptuous nurse Yolanda (Italian-born international icon Dalida), drives herself between the two of them against Mamdouh’s wishes. Hoda finds bitter consolation for her jealousy in booze and nicotine, a dependency made worse by Mamdouh’s airheadedness and their extended family of mistake-prone friends.
Laden with eyepopping bellydancing, stark visuals, Mack Sennett-worthy pratfalls and an explosive lead performance from Gamal, A Glass and A Cigarette deserves recognition as a top-quality Nasser-era tearjerker. The film is both moving and weirdly mischievous, bridging the pageantry of classic Egyptian cinema with the compromised compassion of its 50s European cousins.