Ragaa Youssef (1955)

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.

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