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Shadi Abdel Salam
Shadi Abdel Salam
About Shadi Abdel Salam
Shadi Abdel Salam (15 March 1930 - 8 October 1986) was an acclaimed artist among Egyptian, Arab, and international filmmakers. He was a creative designer of set decorations and costume, a screen writer and a director with a unique vision that embraced ancient Egyptian culture as well as Egypt's Islamic and Christian heritages.

He believed that only by bridging the broken link with their distant past, could modern Egyptians gather the vision and inspiration necessary to launch them on a new path. He chose the cinema as a mean to convey his thoughts and ideas to the world.

Shadi Abdel Salam was born in Alexandria on 15 March 1930 and earned a degree in architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo University, in 1955. After graduation he worked as an assistant to the directors Salah Abou-Seif, Barakat and Helmy Halim. Between 1960 and 1967 he designed costumes and set decorations for ten historical Egyptian films. He also participated in designing the sets and costumes of some foreign films such as Cleopatra, Pharaoh and La Lotta dell'Uomo per la Sua Sopravvivenza.

Apart from costume and set design, Shadi Abdel Salam himself directed several films:

  • Al-Mumia (The Night of Counting The Years), 1969
  • Shakawa Al-Fellah Al-Faseeh (Tale of the Eloquent Peasant), 1970
  • Afaak (Horizons), a documentary, 1972
  • Goyoush Al-Shams (Armies of the Sun), 1974
  • Korsi Tutankhamun (Tutankhamen's Chair), 1982
  • Al-Ahram Wa Ma Kablo (The Pyramids and Before Them), 1984
  • Ramsis Al-Thani (Ramsis II), 1986
  • Moreover, he co-directed the film Onshodat Weda (Farewell Hymn) and started three film projects that were never finished:
  • Al-Hisn (The Fortress), 1979
  • Al-Dandararweya, which he started shooting in 1980
  • Akhenaton (The Tragedy of the Great House), Abdel Salam was responsible for the script, costume and set design.

Unfortunately he died 8 October 1986 before he could fulfill his last dreams.

Part of the Museum
Part of the Museum

Shadi Abdel Salam Collection
Bibliotheca Alexandrina acquired Shadi Abdel Salam's complete library collection from his sister Mohiba in 2002. This collection contains 1808 books, sketches for costume and screen set designs, and some of his personal belongings. The book collection mainly consists of historical works focused on his interests in history. Other topics include literature, fine arts, religion, philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences.

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