Ragaa Youssef dances in a wedding scene from the 1955 film ‘Thawrat al Madina’ (Revolution City or A Town Revolts ثورة المدينة).
Despite the title the film has little to do with a city and even less to do with a revolution. It tells the story of Fatima, played by Sabah, who’s come to the conclusion that she, like her mother, will die in childbirth. This explains her anguish at her wedding shown in this scene. The film also starred Mohamed Fawzi who plays the groom Ahmed. Hussein Riad plays the father who plots to kill Ahmed and dies in the process. Wedad Hamdy plays the maid who, in this scene, breaks the news that the bride has ‘done a runner’. Happy ending though as Fatima and Ahmed are shown in the last scene, in the future, with their brood of children.
Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the 1963 Egyptian film ‘Tarik al Shaytan’ (The Devil’s Road ) which starred Farid Shawki, Rushdi Abaza, Shweiker and Tawfik al Deqn.
Samia Gamal married Rushdi Abaza in 1958 and couple divorced in 1977. Rushdi Abaza must have liked bellydancers as he’d previously been married to Taheya Karioka.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian movie ‘Ishaet Hob’ (Rumour of Love or Training for Love إشاعة حب) which starred Omar Sharif just before he hit the big time in Hollywood in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Also starring were Soad Hosny, Youssef Wehbi, Hind Rostom and Abdel Monem Ibrahim.
This dancer is Ruweida Allam (رويدا علام) and the scenes are from the 1970 film ‘Inta illi qatalt babaya’ (You’re the one who killed my father). The movie starred Fuad al Mohandes and his wife-at-the-time, Shweiker.
When it came to zill playing there was Tulay Karaca and then there was the rest of us! Tulay Karaca is from Turkey and was at her most popular in the 1980s. She retired from stage performances around 1992.
Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1976 film ‘Aalam Eyal Eyal’ (A World of Children – the word ‘eyal’ meaning children is repeated in the Arabic title as there are lots of them involved). The film starred Rushdi Abaza, Samira Ahmed, Samir Sabri and Samir Ghanem and told the story of a lady with 8 kids who marries a man with 6 – or it could be the other way round – anyway, there are lots of children and the film tells the story of the resulting problems with a blended family.
Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Gharem fil Sirk’ (Love in the Circus غرام فى السيرك ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Berlanti Abdel Hamid and the ‘cute as a button’ child actor Ahmed Farhat. In this film Nagwa Fouad plays Warda, who is one half of a circus trapeze act with her husband Hassan. Hassan is played by none other than Farouk (Frank) Agrama who went on to be a famous director of horror films in the US.
Trivia: Frank Agrama was the producer of ‘Bazy-e-shance’ that starred bellydancer Nadia Gamal.
This 1992 movie is based on ‘Samara al Amir’, a short story of the same name by Naguib Mahfouz, The film starred Nabila Ebeid who’s dancing in this scene. Also starring were Mariam Fakreddine, Waheed Seif, Mohamed Wafik and Ramses Marzouk. Marzouk was also the film’s cinematographer. The film tells the tale of a poor girl who is exploited by those around her but who becomes a famous bellydancer.
(In case you’d like to see more of Nabila, there are other clips on TheCarovan and out on the net. FYI alternate spellings of her surname are ‘Obeid”, “Ubeid”, “Ebid” and “Abeid”.)