In 1957, Egypt participated in the Venice International Film Festival with the movie “Women in My Life”, which was produced and starred by the great artist Yahya Shaheen and co-starring Hind Rostom. The film was well received, although the advertising budget for it was small and did not exceed 300 pounds, while the advertising budget for some films, including the Spanish film, was 4 thousand pounds. Despite that, the Egyptian film received a symbolic prize during the festival.
The great artist Yahya Shaheen told about some situations that happened to him during his travels to Venice and from there, when he wanted to eat food other than what was offered by the hotel in which he stayed.
Shaheen said that he longed for a popular food that differs from European food, which he described as “drying the guts”, as he was known to love eating, so he invited Hend Rostom and Hussein Helmy Al-Muhandis to eat in one of the popular restaurants in the popular neighborhoods of Venice.
Indeed, the three went to one of the fish restaurants, took some fish and drew his attention to a large pepper that the owner of the shop puts in a window and around it some decoration, so he pointed to the owner of the restaurant on it to put it for him with the fish.
Minutes later, the owner of the restaurant came with the fish and carefully carried the large pepper and put it in front of them and began to cut it carefully and gently to put it on the large plate.
The great artist said that when they started eating, they were disappointed with this beautifully shaped pepper, as it did not taste like its shape, and it was not as spicy as he expected, and after they finished eating, he asked for the bill.
Yahya Shaheen was astonished when he found the value of the bill at 7 thousand pounds, which is equivalent to 6 pounds at the time and was a large amount at this time, while his surprise was greater when he found the price of the pepper alone 3 thousand pounds despite its bad taste, and after this situation Yahya Shaheen decided to bear European food Until he returns to his homeland to enjoy the popular food as he pleases.