This is Nadia Fouad (نادية فؤاد *not* Nagwa) dancing in a scene from the 1976 film ‘Rihlat al Ayyam’ (رحلة الايام) which starred Soheir Ramzy, Samir Sabri and Emad Hamdi.
The film tells the story of Magdy and Yasmin (played by Sabri and Ramzy) who meet and marry despite the difference in their social classes – he’s ‘upstairs’, she’s ‘downstairs’. A while after they marry, Yasmin rushes to rescue her sister from a brothel but the brothel is raided while Yasmin’s inside and she’s arrested. As a result, Magdy and his family reject her. However there’s a happy ending as several years later they get back together when Magdy learns that the little mouth organ playing boy he’s befriended is his own son. While the film’s title means ‘journey of days’, a translation as ‘Life’s Journey’ probably works best.
A bit of trivia: Samir Sabri appeared in the late 1990s tv series on the life of Umm Kulthum playing the part of Anwar Wagdi.
Bellydancer Nagwa Fouad dances through the opening credits of the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Al Ghajaryyah’ (The Gypsies/Roma/ الغجرية ) which starred Huda Sultan, Shokry Sarhan, Mahmoud al Meliji and Abdel Salam al Nabulsi.
Trivia: Both Nagwa Fouad and Samia Gamal danced through the opening credit sequences of some of their films (Samia on several occasions) so I guess, as my grandmother would have said when she was explaining anything that happened in the past, “….it was the fashion at the time.”
Taheya Karioka in a scene from a 1945 Egyptian comedy film, ‘Lailat el Juma’ (Friday Night ليلة الجمعة ). The film also starred Anwar Wagdi, Mary Mounib, a very young Ismail Yassin at the start of his film career and Thoraya Helmy.
Fifi Abdu, wearing orange, dances in a scene from ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (also titled ‘Zanket al Sitat’, Women’s Market زنقة الستات) released in 2000. The singer with her is Shafif Galal. Fifi Abdu starred along with doctor-turned-actor Ezzat Abou Ouf, Maged el Masry and Samy el Adl. Zane’t el Setat is the name of the old market in Alexandria, Egypt.
The film tells the story of Fifi Abdu’s character Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister.
Trivia: Zane’t el Setat is the area where the serial killers Raya and Sekina often met their intended victims.
Soheir Zaki performs in a scene from the 1978 Egyptian film ‘Sultana al Tarab’ (سلطانة الطرب) which tells the story of the rise to fame of Egyptian singer Mounira el Mahdeya ( منيرة المهدية). Egyptian actress/singer Sharifa Fadel plays el Mahdeya who was born in 1885 and died in 1965. Despite starting her career singing and dancing in local coffee houses, Mounira el Mahdeya went on to be considered the greatest female Egyptian singer prior to Umm Kolthum. Her style of singing was referred to as ‘Ottoman’, the Turks having been in control of Egypt for 300 years up to the 1880s. She initially appeared on stage only in male roles as at that time in Egypt female acting roles were taken by Christian or Jewish actresses or as a last resort by male actors.
Love this scene from the 1952 film ‘Beit al Nattash’ (بيت النتاش) which starred Ismail Yassin, Shadia, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Fattah al Kasry. In this scene Shadia is the singer and the boy is Omar al Gizawy. Wedad Hamdy is playing the part of the maid, she’s great and such a good dancer.
Sadly Wedad Hamdy was murdered in 1994 by an intruder at her home.
Bellydancer Hagar Hamdi and singer Karem Mahmoud in the 1947 film ‘Abu Halmoos’ (أبو حلموس Halmoos’ Father). The film was written and directed by Ibrahim Helmi and starred Naguib Al Rihani, Abbas Fares and Zuzu Shakeeb.