Ezzel Dine Zulficar

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Ezzel Dine Zulficar
عزالدين ذو الفقار
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Ezzel Dine Zulficar
Born Ezzel Dine Zulficar
(1919-10-28)October 28, 1919
Cairo, Egypt
Died July 1, 1963(1963-07-01) (aged 43)
Cairo, Egypt
Spouse(s) Faten Hamama (1947 – 1954)

Ezzel Dine Zulficar (Arabic: عزالدين ذو الفقار‎, ‘Ezz ad-Dīne Zū al-Fiqār) (1919 – 1963) was an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer.

Career[edit]

Zulficar was born in Cairo, Egypt. As a child, Zulficar was a prodigy. He received a scholarship and studied astronomy. He loved reading, which is what had helped him succeed. He graduated from the military faculty and later became a lieutenant. Although he was doing well in his military career, he decided to start directing. He was influenced by his brother, who was a screenwriter. He started as director Mohamed Abdel Jawad's assistant, but in 1947, he directed his first movie, Aseer al-Zalam (أسير الظلام, "Prisoner of Darkness"). One of his most successful movies as a director was Rud Qalby (رُدّ قلبي, "Return My Heart") which was featured for six weeks in Cairo's cinemas.

In 1947, Zulficar started a production company with the legendary Egyptian actress, Faten Hamama, who was his wife then. He also acted in Khulud (خُلود, "Immortality") along with Hamama. As a writer he was quite successful. He wrote scripts and stories for almost 30 movies. His last work was the direction and scriptwriting for the movie Maw'ed Fi al-Borj (موعد في البُرج, "Meeting at the Tower", 1963). Zulficar died on July 1963.

Personal life[edit]

Zulficar met Faten Hamama while filming the Abu Zayd al-Hilali movie in 1947, which he directed. The two fell in love and married each other. The couple had a daughter, Nadia Zulficar. Their marriage would only last for seven years, as the couple divorced in 1954. The two remained friends, and Hamama even acted in his movies after the divorce.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Year Title Arabic Title
1947 Prisoner of the Shadows Aseer el Zalam, أسير الظلام
Abu Zayd al-Hilali Abu Zayd al-Hilali, أبو زيد الهلال
1948 Everybody is Singing Al Kol Yughanni, الكل يغني
Immortality Khulood, خلود
1949 She Has Only a Few Piastres Sahibat Al Malaleem, صاحبة الملاليم
Holiday in Hell Ajaza Fi Jahanam, اجازة في جهنم
1951 My Father Deceived Me Khada'ni Abi, خدعني أبي
I am the Past Ana Al Madi, أنا الماضي
1952 Ask My Heart Isalou Qalbi, اسألوا قلبي
1953 The Murderer's Suspicion Shak Al Qatel, شك القاتل
The Night Train Qitar al-Layl, قطار الليل
1954 Wafa' Wafa', وفاء
The Farewell Dance Raqsat Al Wada', رقصة الوداع
Date with Life Maw'ed Ma' al-Hayat, موعد مع الحياة
The Local Boy Ibn Al Hara, ابن الحارة
Stronger Than Love Aqwa Min Al Hob, أقوى من الحب
1955 Date With Happiness Maw'ed Ma' Al-Hayat, موعد مع الحياة
I'm Going Inni Rahila, اني راحلة
Dearer Than My Eyes Aghla Min Aynaya, أغلى من عينايا
1956 The Shore of Memories Shate' Al Zikrayat, شاطئ الذكريات
The Absent Lady Al Gha'iba, الغائبة
1957 Port Said Bor-Said, بورسعيد
A Fugitive from Love Hareb Min Al Hub, هارب من الحب
Wakeful Eyes Oyoon Sahira, عيون ساهرة
1958 The Road of Hope Tareeq Al Amal, طريق الأمل
Return My Heart Rudda Qalbi, رُد قلبي
A Woman on the Road Imra'a Fi Al Tareeq, امرأة في الطريق
My Heart and I Qalbi wa Ana, قلبي و أنا
1959 The Street of Love Tareeq al Hob, طريق الحب
Among the Ruins Bain el Atlal, بين الأطلال
1960 The Second Man Al Rajul al Thani, الرجل الثاني
The Girls and Summer Al Banat wa Al Sayf, البنات و الصيف
1961 The River of Love Nahr Al Hub, نهر الحب
1962 The Black Candles Al Shumou Al Sawda', الشموع السوداء
1963 Meeting at the Tower Maw'ed Fi al Burj, موعد في البرج

Screenwriter[edit]

Year Title Arabic Title
1947 Prisoner of the Shadows Aseer el Zalam, أسير الظلام
Abuzeid al-Hilali Abuzeid al-Hilali, أبو زيد الهلال
1948 Everybody is Singing Al Kol Yughanni, الكل يغني
Immortality Khulood, خلود
1949 She Has Only a Few Piastres Sahibat Al Malaleem, صاحبة الملاليم
1951 I Am The Past Ana Al Madi, أنا الماضي
1952 Ask My Heart Isalou Qalbi, اسألوا قلبي
1953 The Night Train Qitar al-Layl, قطار الليل
1954 The Farewell Dance Raqsat Al Wada', رقصة الوداع
Date With Life Maw'ed Ma' al-Hayat, موعد مع الحياة
The Local Boy Ibn Al Hara, ابن الحارة
Stronger Than Love Aqwa Min Al Hob, أقوى من الحب
1955 Date With Happiness Maw'ed Ma' Al-Sa`dah, موعد مع الحياة
I'm Going Inni Rahila, اني راحلة
Dearer Than My Eyes Aghla Min Aynaya, أغلى من عينايا
1956 The Shore of Memories Shate' Al Zikrayat, شاطئ الذكريات
The Absent Lady Al Gha'iba, الغائبة
1957 Port Said Bor-Said, بورسعيد
A Fugitive from Love Hareb Min Al Hub, هارب من الحب
Wakeful Eyes Oyoon Sahira, عيون ساهرة
1958 The Road of Hope Tareeq Al Amal, طريق الأمل
Return My Heart Rudda Qalbi, رُد قلبي
A Woman on the Road Imra'a Fi Al Tareeq, امرأة في الطريق
1959 Among the Ruins Bayn al Atlal, بين الأطلال
1960 The Second Man Al Rajul al Thani, الرجل الثاني
1961 The River of Love Nahr Al Hub, نهر الحب
1963 Saladin Naser Salah al-Dine, ناصر صلاح الدين
Meeting at the Tower Maw'ed Fi al Burj, موعد في البرج

Producer[edit]

Year Title Arabic Title
1947 Prisoner of the Shadows Aseer el Zalam, أسير الظلام
1959 Among the Ruins Bayn al Atlal, بين الأطلال
1960 The Second Man Al Rajul al Thani, الرجل الثاني
1962 The Black Candles Al Shumou Al Sawda', الشموع السوداء

Actor[edit]

Year Title Arabic Title Role
1948 Immortality Kholood, خلود Mahmoud

References[edit]

  • Filmography, IMDb. Retrieved on 26 November 2006.
  • Biography, Yalla Cinema. Retrieved on 26 November 2006.