Farid al Atrash: ‘Noura’

The famous song ‘Noura ya Noura’ from the 1953 film ‘Lahn Hobbi’ (Song of my Love لحن حبى ) and sung by Farid al Atrash. The dancer seems to be uncredited. The film tells the story of Ali (Farid), a struggling singer and his rise to fame. He falls in love with a singer in a nightclub played by Sabah. Her mother is having an affair with the nightclub owner, her husband suspects and to save her mother, Sabah’s character claims she is the one having the affair.

Fifi Abdu (1999) فيفى عبده‎

Two clips of Fifi Abdu from a 1999 film ‘Zane’t El Setat’ (زنقة الستات ) which also starred Ezzat Abou Ouf, Sami al Adl and Majid al Masri. The film’s title ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (which is also spelt Zanket El Setat and Zanqit al sitat) is the name of an old market in Alexandria and the name means ‘the women’s market’. The film is the story of Fifi Abdu’s character Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister.

Fifi Abdu (1999) فيفي عبده

From a 1999 film which starred Fifi Abdu and doctor turned actor Ezzat Abou Ouf. The title ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (Women’s Market) is the name of a souq in the old area of Alexandria, Egypt. The film is the story of Fifi Abdu’s character Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. The singer with Fifi is Shafik Galal.

Nemet Mokhtar (1957) نعمت مختار

Naemat Mokhtar dances in a scene from the 1957 Egyptian film ‘Ibn Hamido’ ( ابن حميدو ) and again demonstrates her incredible back flexibility. The film starred Ismail Yassin and Ahmed Ramzi who are the two men shown sitting at the front table. Hind Rostom also starred and the support cast included Abdel Fatah al Kassri, Riad al Kasabgy, Zeinat Sedki, Tawfik al Dein (wearing the fez and leaning on the bar) and Wedad Hamdy. Nelly Mazloum is in the mix there somewhere too. The film was directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab.

Omayma Salem (1984) أميمة سليم


This scene is from a 1984 Egyptian film, ‘Shawaria’ min Nar’ (Streets of Fire شوارع من نار ) which is loosely based on Billy Wilder’s ‘Irma la Douce’. The dancer is Omayma Salem who’s an actress not a professional dancer. The film starred Nour al Sharif, Leila Elwi and Madiha Kamel.
Thank you to Sameh Afandina for the ID.

Fifi Salama and a mystery bellydancer (1959)

From a 1959 film ‘Lan Aoud’ (I will not return لن أعود) which starred Kamal al Shinnawi.and Abdel Menam Ibrahim who are the two men entering the nightclub. Also starring were Soheir al Babli, Samira Ahmed and Abbas Fares.The lighting in the first clip is very dark and the dancer’s face is not visible but it *could* be Taheya Karioka who had a part in this film. I didn’t get the whole movie so I’m at a bit of a loss. The dancer in the second part of the clip is Fifi Salama and the music she’s dancing to is ‘Khatwit Habibi by Mohammed Abdel Wahab (thank you Amirah al Shuruq).

‘Imtithal’ امتثال 4/4

The final dance scene from the 1972 film ‘Imtithal’ (امتثال) which starred Magda al Kahtib, Adel Adham and Nour al Sherif. The film tells the story of the life and death of Imtithal Fawzi who was a popular Egyptian bellydancer and singer in the 1930s, She was performing her regular act in the Bosphorus Nightclub (Casino al-Busfur) in Cairo one evening in May 1936 when the lights in the nightclub suddenly went out. There was confusion and panic in the darkness and when the lights were turned back on club goers were shocked to see Imtithal Fawzi lying on stage dying from stab wounds. Later investigation showed that she had been killed by a gang for failing to meet their demands for protection money. A full description of the events can be found at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/comparative_studies_of_south_asia_africa_and_the_middle_east/v024/24.1lopez.html

‘Imtithal’ متثال 3/4

Its hard to beat the ‘teeth dance’ that starts this clip. The third of four uploads of dance scenes from the 1972 film ‘Imtithal’ which starred Magda al Kahtib, Adel Adham and Nour al Sherif. The film tells the story of the life and death of Imtithal Fawzi who was a popular Egyptian bellydancer and singer in the 1930s, She was performing her regular act in the Bosphorus Nightclub (Casino al-Busfur) in Cairo one evening in May 1936 when the lights in the nightclub suddenly went out. There was confusion and panic in the darkness and when the lights were turned back on club goers were shocked to see Imtithal Fawzi lying on stage dying from stab wounds. Later investigation showed that she had been killed by a gang for failing to meet their demands for protection money. A full description of the events can be found at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/comparative_studies_of_south_asia_africa_and_the_middle_east/v024/24.1lopez.html