Al-Tareeq al-Masdood

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Al-Tareeq al-Masdood
Al-Tareeq al-Masdood VHS cover
Directed by Salah Abouseif
Produced by Abdelhalim Nasr
Ittihad Elfananeen
Written by Ihsan Abdel Quddous
El Sayed Bedeir
Naguib Mahfouz
Starring Faten Hamama
Ahmed Mazhar
Release date
April 22, 1958
Country Egypt
Language Arabic

Al-Tareeq al-Masdood (Arabic: الطريق المسدود‎‎, English: The Barred Road) is a 1958 Egyptian drama/romance film.

Directed by the Egyptian film director Salah Abu Seif, this film is based on a novel with the same name written by the Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdel Quddous.[1] The film was co-written by El Sayed Bedeir and the Nobel Prize-winning writer Naguib Mahfouz. It starred Faten Hamama and Ahmed Mazhar. The film received an award from the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema and was selected one of the top 150 films in Egypt in 1996.[2]


Faten Hamama plays Fayza, a young student who lives with her family after the death of her father. Left with no money, her mother (Zouzou Mady) is forced to turn her house into an illegal gambling house. Fayza opposes her mother's solution. Munir (Ahmed Mazhar) is a writer who meets Fayza and falls in love with her but she rejects him. Fayza decides to leave to the countryside where she works as a teacher in a small school. Fayza gets into trouble in the school and, desperate and hopeless, decides to walk in her mother's path. Munir convinces Fayza to stop.[2]



  1. ^ Al Aris, Ibrahim. "The Legacy of Salah Abu Seif". Al Jadid Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Al-Tareeq al-Masdood" (in Arabic). Faten Hamama's official website. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 

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