Berlanti Abdel Hamid (1960) برلنتي عبد الحميد‎

Berlanti Abdel Hamid is the dancer in this clip from the 1960 film ‘Nida’a al ‘ushaq’ (The Lovers’ Call نداء العشاق). She’s dancing during the opening credits and again with a cane in a scene from later in the film. Berlanti was an actress more than a dancer, usually playing the part of an seductress. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Ward (Rose), played by Berlanti, who runs away from her village after witnessing a murder. She starts working in a cotton factory and falls in love with a co-worker named Abdo (Shukry Sarhan). It all goes wrong and they are both die at the hand of the evil Metwali played by Farid Shawqi. (He’s the shifty looking guy shown at the end of the clip.) Berlanti certainly had a colourful life off stage! She was married to Abdel Hakim Amer the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army who was for several years the first Vice President to Gamal Nasser. The Chief of Staff had the power to rule Egypt should the President be unable to do so. Field Marshall Amer’s career came to end after the 6 Day War in 1967 and he died the same year after being arrested for allegedly plotting a coup to overthrow Nasser. Some say he committed suicide while others, including Berlanti, say he was poisoned by government agents. In the early 2000’s she was involved in a public slanging match with the team who proposed making a movie, ‘Al Rais wa’al Muhir’ (The President and the Marshal) based on her late husband’s life. The script was rejected by Egypt’s censors in 2004 who claimed that permission had to be granted by military intelligence who had previously rejected the script. In 2009 the production company obtained a Court ruling that overturned the censor’s decision and the project was approved. I haven’t found any info on whether, in the end, the film was made.
In 2000 an Israeli tv programme alleged that Berlanti along with three other Egyptian actresses (Hind Rostom, Nadia Lofti and Mariam Fakhreddin) had worked for the Israeli secret service Mossad. The claims were strenuosuly denied.
Berlanti Abdel Hamid died in December 2010.

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