The zar (1986)

A zar ceremony from the 1986 Egyptian film ‘Daket Zaar’ which starred Farid Shawki and Suheir Ramzy.  As background, in his 1967 article, “Nubian Zar Ceremonies as Psychotherapy”, John G. Kennedy of the Neuropsychiatric Institute in LA says “…the purpose of a zar ceremony is to cure mental illnesses through contact with the possessing spirits which cause such maladies.”

Hoda Shams El Din هدى شمس الدين (1947)

Hoda Shams El Din in a scene from the film ‘Abu Halmus’ (أبو حلموس) which was released in October 1947.  The film starred Naguib Al Rihani, Abbas Fares, Mary Mounib, Fardous Mohamed and Hagar Hamdi.
Thank you to Karafantus for the ID of the dancer.

Bery (1960) بيرى

This dancer is Bery (thank you Osama Salem and Karafantus) dancing in a scene from the comedy film ‘Shar assal basal’ (The Honeymoon Fell Flat) released in 1960. I’ve not seen her before.  Sigh, the music is wonderful isn’t it? Its a Mohamed Abdel Wahab tune “El Henna” which can be found on the old Digital Press Hellas press “Music of Mohammad Ebdel Wahab: Belly Dance”.
Nagwa Fouad also performs in this movie and her scene is a separate clip on this channel.  ‘Shar assal basal’ starred Ismail Yassine, Kariman amd Marie Mounib who were all members of Najib al Rihani’s troupe of actors, The dance tie-in is that Najib al Rihani was married to Badia Masabni the woman often credited with being the founder of ‘modern cabaret’ bellydance in Egypt in the 1930s-40s.

Samia Gamal (1944) سامية جمال

Samia Gamal dancing at an engagement party in a scene from the 1944 film ‘Meen al Gani?’ (Who’s the Criminal? من الجانى) The film starred Amina Risk, Abbas Fares, Mary Munib and Anwar Wajdi. The man in the light coloured suit on the right hand side of the screen, slightly the worse for wear, is a very young Ismail Yassin.
The bedlah Samia’s wearing is a similar design to that worn by Hager Hamdi in the 1946 film ‘The Unknown Singer’. The clip of HH is also on this site if you’d like to compare costumes.