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Bayaa El Khawatem

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Rings For Sale
Directed byYoussef Chahine
Produced byNaser El Attasy[1]
Written byAssi & Mansour Rahbani
StarringFairuz
Nasri Shamseddine
Joseph Azar
CinematographyAndré Domage
Edited bySaheb Haddad
Distributed bySociété Orientale de Distribution de Films
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryLebanon
LanguageLebanese Arabic

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Rings For Sale (Arabic: بياع الخواتمBayaa El Khawatem), is a 1964 Lebanese musical film directed by Youssef Chahine and is an adaptation of the eponymous musical theatrical play, both written and composed by Assi & Mansour Rahbani and both starring Fairuz.

Plot[edit]

The mayor (Nasri Shamseddine) of a peaceful village in the mountains of Lebanon warns his people about a fictitious thief called Rajeh for no particular reason if only to get them out of their boredom. Convinced that the infamous Rajeh doesn't exist, two men from the village, Fadlo (Joseph Nassif) and Eid (Elie Choueiri), start stealing from other people in the name of Rajeh. In the meantime, Rima (Fairuz) is looking forward to leave the village and get married. A few days later, a jewellery salesman comes to the village. When he states that his name is Rajeh, he causes a commotion among the villagers. Rajeh was actually here to ask for Rima's hand for his son. The villagers work out the lie of the mayor and tell on the two men who stole from them. Rima goes with Rajeh to meet his son while the two thieves go to jail.

Cast[edit]

  • Fairuz as Rima
  • Nasri Shamseddine as the Mayor
  • Joseph Azar as Rajeh
  • Philémon Wehbé as Sabeh
  • Joseph Nassif as Fadlo
  • Elie Choueiri as Eid
  • Mansour Rahbani as Makhoul
  • Salwa Haddad as Zbayda
  • William Hasswani as Al Shaweesh
  • Hoda as Layla

Dialogue[edit]

Unlike Arab musicals of the time that altered between recitative dialogue and musical numbers, the entire script of "Rings For Sale" is sung-through (in the manner of Jacques Demy's Umbrellas of Cherbourg). Fairuz's other two films include recitative dialogue, making "Rings For Sale" one of its kind in her filmography. The entire soundtrack was post-synchronized, including voices and sound effects.

Songs[edit]

Two singles from the play and the film were released as singles in 1964 and 1965, including Ya Mersal El Marasil,[2] Emmy Namit 'A Bakkir and the dabke number Ya Hajal Sannine.[3]

The musical also includes two songs co-written with Philémon Wehbé, Ya Mersal El Marasil and Aal Aali Al Dar.[4]

Ya Hajal Sannine was re-recorded by Fairuz in 1995 for her album Ila Assi with a new arrangement by her son, playwright Ziad Rahbani.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Cinema of Lebanon
  • Youssef Chahine filmography
  • Fairuz discography

References[edit]

  1. "Le Vendeur De Bagues (Biya El-Khawatim)". www.cinematheque.fr. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  2. "Ya Mersal El Marasil". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  3. "Le Vendeur De Bagues". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  4. "Bayaa Al Khawatem". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  5. "Ila Assy". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 18 July 2021.


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