This uncredited dancer appears in a scene from the 1957 film ‘Al Wesada al Khalia’ (The Empty Pillow) that starred Abdel Halim Hafez (the groom), Lubna Abdel Aziz, Abdel Monem Ibrahim and Shukry Sarhan.
Can anyone ID the dancer please?
A clip from the 1955 film ‘Ahl al Hawa’ (People of Love) in which Taheya Karioka played dual roles as (1) a ruthless gold digger and (2) a kind hearted dancer. In this clip she’s playing the gold digger watching ShuShu Ez El Dinn and Kristo Kladakis performing (one word for the end of their routine: “ouch’). The film also starred Shukry Sarhan, Mahmoud El Meliguy and Estefan Rosti.
Zeinat Olwi dancing in a scene from ‘Naharak Saeed’ (Good Morning نهارك سعيد) a 1955 film starring Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi, Zeinat Sedki, Mounir Mourad (Leila Mourad’s brother) and Seraj Mounir. The female singer in this clip is Suad Makawi, and the actor with her is Zaki Karioka (زكى كاريوكا ). (I assume this is the same ‘Zaki Karioka’ who was the drummer for Taheya but can anyone confirm please?)
A group of bellydancers performing at a wedding party in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film ‘Bint Zawat’ (Daughter of the Aristocrats بنت ذوات). The film starred Youssef Wehbi, Raqia Ibrahim, Bishara Wakim and Leila Fawzi.
Trivia: Leila Fawzi was Anwar Wajdi’s second wife.
This scene featuring bellydancer Katy (also spelt Keti, Kitty, Katie and Kittie) is from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Men Ayn Laka Hadha’ (Where did you get this?). The film starred Mohamed Fawzi, Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and Madiha Yusri.
Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek heritage. I’m sure I’m saying things you already know but many who come to this channel are not aware that there was a large Greek community in Egypt prior to the 1952 revolution. The majority left Egypt in the decade or so following. Back to Katy though, as her fame relates to her nationality due to her place of birth I’ve referred to her as Egyptian. Off topic, she appeared in at least two Greek language films and speaks Greek in at least one of her Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.
In this film Mohamed Fawzi plays Wahid, a medical student who invents a chemical mix that makes things invisible. He experiments on a goldfish, then a dog and finally he experiments on people. He uses his invention to save his true love from an evil gangster and they all live happily ever after…except for the gangster. The film was directed by Niazi Mustafa.
Film trivia: Fawzi and Yusri married about a decade after this film was made.
Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘The Dancer and the Devil’ (راقصة والشيطان Al Raqisa w’al Shaytan’). The film starred Hatem Zulfikar (also spelt Hatem Thu Al Faqqar ) and Amal Ibrahim.
The commentary of this retrospective of the career of Egyptian bellydancer and actress Naima Akef (1929-1966) is in Arabic but even if you’re not an Arabic speaker, the pictures and clips give an overview of her movie career. It covers many of her most famous dance scenes including ‘Tamr Henna’ in Part 2. If you follow old time Egyptian movies you see famous Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki playing the riq as part of the band in the ‘Tamr Henna’ scenes.
(One day I’ll have the time to do a translation but unfortunately I can’t see it being any time soon.)
This 1968 film is named after the hero of the piece, a Robin Hood-like character named ‘Saqr al Arab’ (Arabian Falcon). In this scene Nadia Gamal plays a bellydancer who’s been hired to poison the Emir (in the white turban). After finishing her dance, she pours the poisoned wine into a goblet which she offers to the Emir. He raises the cup to drink but is saved by the Arabian Falcon who leaps through a window and knocks it out of his hand.