The River of Love (film)

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The River of Love
VHS cover
Directed byEzzel Dine Zulficar
Produced byHelmy Rafla
Written byLeo Tolstoy
Yussef Issa
Ezzel Dine Zulficar
StarringFaten Hamama
Omar Sharif
Music byAndre Ryder
CinematographyWahid Farid
Edited byHussein Ahmed
Release date
December 12, 1960
Running time
120 minutes

The River of Love (Arabic: نهر الحب‎, Nahr al-Hob) is a 1960 Egyptian romance film starring Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif. The film is directed by the Egyptian film director Ezzel Dine Zulficar and based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, Anna Karenina. The film was listed in the top 150 Egyptian films in 1996.[1]


Taher Pasha (Zaki Rostom), a wealthy and powerful man, falls in love with Nawal (Faten Hamama) and decides to marry her. She accepts in order to save her brother from jail due to unpaid debts. After their wedding, Nawal's life turns into a miserable one, living lonely in the Pasha's house. She gets pregnant and gives birth to her only child. A young military officer named Khalid (Omar Sharif) falls in love with Nawal, who returns his love.[1][2]

For months the lovers keep their relationship a secret, until Taher Pasha finds out that his wife might be having an affair. She faces her tyrant husband and demands a divorce, but he refuses. Nawal's brother threatens to publicly revealing Taher's wrongdoings and transgressions to the press if he won't divorce Nawal. Nawal travels with Khalid to Lebanon. Taher Pasha sends some of his people to spy on her and receives pictures clearly showing Nawal with Khalid. Furious, Taher divorces her and keeps custody of their child. Khalid dies in a battle in the war. Nawal returns to Egypt and tries to get her child back, but fails. Despairing and devastated, Nawal commits suicide by binding herself to a railroad.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c "Nahr al-Hob" (in Arabic). Faten Hamama's official website. Retrieved 2007-04-10.
  2. ^ a b نهر الحب (in Arabic). Adab wa Fan. Retrieved 2007-04-10.

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