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Almahatta/ The Station (Piccadilly Theater 1973)
The Plot & Quick Notes:
A strange woman arrives in a small village. She meets with Saado and tries to convince him that his potato field is actually a train station. Saado is perplexed by this. But his wife, driven by jealousy, sees his confusion as a way to get closer to the strange woman, Warde. The police starts investigating but with time more people start to believe the story. They do because they want to go away. This situation attracts a burglar who starts selling forged tickets to the public making a fortune. When he meets with Warde and discloses his true nature, she refuses to believe him and even tries to convince him that he in fact a ticket seller and not a thief. Days pass and it's almost a year since Warde showed up with her claims. In that time more people bought tickets and awaited the train, the lands value rose, and lots of other things happened. The station also made some enemies including those who benefited from it like the burglar who saw in working as the ticket seller captivity from running loose and free in the night. He and Saado start planning to destroy the station and when they do, the police arrests them with Warde. But then the train arrives and Warde wanting to leave can't buy a ticket as they were all sold and there is no more.
The album quality is great and like the booklet of Yaeesh Yaeesh there are short biographies of Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers in Arabic as well as the Voix de l'Orient catalogue of Fairuz albums.
Painting by Paul Guiragossian
This musical operetta takes place in a large potato field where a young woman convinces the people through her work and singing that if hey try enough and believe that there will be a train station in the potato filed, it will come to be. After a while the people become so convinced that they actually can hear the noise from a far. The moral of the story is that if one believes in something very strongly, and works toward it, it will come true.
Fairuz ... Warde
Nasri Shamesedin ... Rayes Albaladia
Huda ... Mart Saado
Elie Shewirie ... Saado
William Heswani ... Abou Asaed Ashawish
Antoine Kerbaj ... Harami
Philemon Wehbe ... Sabe'a Tajer El Ghanam
Written by the Rahbani Brothers except for:
Ya Darah Douri, Salooni ElNas and Kan Ezzaman which were composed
by Philemon Wehbe, Ziad Rahbani and Elias Rahbani respectively.
Directed by Berge Vazilian
Ashawish with Warde
Warde with Rayes Albaladia
Harami with Mart Saado