Bidaya wa Nihaya
|Bidaya wa Nihaya|
|Directed by||Salah Abouseif|
|Written by||Naguib Mahfouz|
Bidaya wa Nihaya (Arabic: بداية و نهاية, English: A Beginning and an End) is a 1960 Egyptian film directed by Salah Abouseif and based on the novel by the same name. It was the first film adapted from a novel written by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.
The older brother Sultan (Farid Shawki) turns to crime, while the younger brother, Hassan, leaves Cairo to work in another city. On the other hand, the youngest brother, Hassanein (Omar Sharif), aspires to be a police officer, and in order to achieve that he puts his family into financial difficulties.
The tragic ending of the film is one of the most memorable in Egyptian films; Nefisah gets arrested by the police and her brother Hassanien bails her out. After an intense argument between her and her brother, Nefisah commits suicide by throwing herself in the Nile followed by her brother, who throws himself in too.
- Omar Sharif as Hassanien
- Sanaa Gamil as Nefisah
- Farid Shawki as Sultan
- Amina Rizk as the mother
- Salah Mansour as the grocer's son
- Amal Zayed
Music by Fouad El Zahery.
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