Autumn 1997 (5.3)
Popularly known by the name
of the main character, "Mashadi Ibad" was based on
a musical comedy by composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov and written in
the early 1900s. Two versions of the movie were produced-one
in Baku, the other in Tehran. The Azerbaijan version (1956) was
produced in color, based on the screenplay by Sabit Rahman and
directed by Husein Seyidzade. The story pokes fun of traditionally
arranged marriages and emphasizes emerging modern life styles
versus old traditions.
Left: Rustam bey (Aghasadyg Garabeyli) loses his wealth at the casino.
Right: A fight breaks out in the bazaar between various hooligans.
Left: During the bazaar fight, Gochu Askar (Movsum Sanani) suddenly bumps into Rustam bey, who is so frightened that he invites him to the wedding announcement party.
Right: Hasan bey (Mustafa Mardanov) at Rustam bey's party where the wedding is announced. After getting drunk, he accuses Rustam bey of selling his beautiful daughter to the old man Mashadi Ibad who is as ugly as an orangutan!
Left: On the wedding night, the groom finally gets a chance to take off the veil of his bride. Instead of Gulnaz, he finds her lover, Sarvar, who confronts him with a gun and forces him to sign a paper that he really doesn't want to marry Gulnaz at all but prefers, instead, to marry the maid.
Right: The wedding scene-the wedding of the true lovers. Gulnaz (Tamara Guzalova) marries her true love, Sarvar (Arif Mirzaguliyev).
From Azerbaijan International (5.3) Autumn 1997.
© Azerbaijan International 1997. All rights reserved.
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