A journalist elopes with a millionaire’s daughter. —El Cinema (translated)
Salem was born on 23 July, 1927 in Sudan, where his father was serving as an officer in the Egyptian Army. He graduated from the faculty of applied arts of Cairo University.
The young Atef Salem was introduced to the professional world of cinema literally through a back door, at Studio Nassibian on Faggala Street. He befriended the studios guard, one Amm Gharib, who would allow him to slip in and watch the shooting of films. Thus, he was hiding in the shadows, watching the filming of the classic Intisar Al-Shabab (Youth’s Victory) in 1940, which starred singer and musician Farid Al-Atrash, his sister Asmahan, comedian Hassan Fayeq and the grande dame of Egyptian theatre Fatma Rushdi.
And it was Amm Gharib who gave Salem his first piece of professional advice: “If you really want to enter the world of cinema you should meet Ahmed Galal.” Galal had founded his own studio, Studio Galal, establishing himself as one of the major players in the industry.
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