Egyptian film director Atef Salem died July 30 of a stroke in Cairo. He was 74 and had been confined to a wheelchair since a previous stroke in 1999.
He directed 54 pics in a career that began in 1953 with “Deprivation.” Other of his films include “They Made Me a Criminal” about the taboo subject of temporary marriages. He worked with Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz on several films including “We Are the Students.” His last film was “A Real Equestrian” in 1999.
He is survived by a daughter and granddaughter.