Samia Gamal dances and Souad Makawee sings in a 1950 film ‘Asmar wa gameel’ (Dark and Handsome أسمر وجميل). The man with the moustache is a well known Egyptian comedian of the time, Mahmoud Shekuku, who was usually known by just his surname. The film also starred MahmoudAbdul Aziz, Marie Munib and Mohamed al Bakker.
Lebanese bellydancer Dani Bustros combined traditional bellydance with elements of flamenco and modern dance. The fusion of dance styles probably isn’t obvious in this clip from early in her career but later on her interest in adding to her repertoire was evident. She was also a choreographer and singer. Sadly, Dani Boustros died by her own hand in December 1998.
Egyptian/Greek bellydancer Katy in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Al Mukadder w’al Maktoob’ (Fate and Destiny or pre-destiny المقدر والمكتوب ). The film starred Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Hoda Shams el Dinn, Shekuku (the dentist in this scene) and the lovely voice of Suad Mekkawi.
Nehad Morad is the bellydancer performing in this scene from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘Sera’a El-Zawgat’ (Battle between the wives صراع الزوجات ). In this scene the husband, played by Mahmoud Hemeida, has taken both his wives, together with his young daughter, to a nightclub. The two battling wives are played by Nahla Salama and Dalal Abdel Aziz (who’s married to comedian Samir Ghanem).
While ‘Sera’a El Zawgat’ went straight to video, its noteable for having a female director, Nemat Rushdi.
Thanks for the dancer ID Sherlock xx
Legendary Egyptian bellydancer Samia Gamal performs in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian drama ‘Ketar al Layl’ (The Night Train قطار الليل ) which also starred Emad Hamdi, Stefan Rosti and Seraj Mounir. Emad Hamdi is the man in the trenchcoat in this scene.
Movie trivia: The lead male actor, Emad Hamdi, was married to singer Shadia and later to actress/dancer Nadia al Jundi. He was a busy man as he was also married to bellydancer Houriya Mohamed at one time. Maybe he liked trains too as, along with this film ‘The Night Train’, he also starred in ‘Sayyedet Al Ketar’ (The Lady of the Train) in 1952 and ‘Ketar Al Neel’ (The Nile Train) in 1953.
This is actress Hind Rostom who plays the lead character named Ne’mat in the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Al Gasad’ (Flesh الجسد). The film also starred a top cast including Kamal al Shennawi, Hussein Riad, Seraj Munir and Fatma Roushdi.
Hind Rostom (1929-2011) was an Egyptian actress who’s remembered mainly for her good looks and her many film roles as a seductress, which is a bit sad as she was a good actress when her range was tested. To quote Egyptian journalist Reem Ghazal, ‘Rostom was presented as an intoxicating mix of Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe.’ And as you can see, Hind Rostom was also a good bellydancer. She retired in 1979 saying that she wanted the audiences to remember her at her best.
Hind Rostom’s second marriage to Dr Mohamed Fayad lasted nearly 50 years. Unfortunately at the time of her husband’s death, shortly before hers, Dr Fayad’s family took legal action against her to reclaim assets they said were theirs.
Soheir Zaki performing in the 1963 Egyptian film ‘The Price of Love’ (Thaman al Hob فيلم ثمن الحب). The film starred Shukri Sarhan (the sozzled gent ‘playing’ the chair), Laila Taher, Mariam Fakhr Eddine, Fuad al Mohandes and Zeinab Sedki (not to be confused with comedian Zeinat Sedki with a ‘t’).
Usually known as a bellydancer, Horeya Hassan (حورية حسن) shows just what a good singer she was in this scene from the 1958 Egyptian film ‘Ahabek ya Hassan’ (I Love You Hassan أحبك يا حسن). The film starred Shukri Sarhan who’s at the piano and Naima Akef who’s dancing in this clip. Also starring were Abdel Monem Ibrahim who’s the pyjama wearing drummer, Estefan Rosti, Tawfiq al Daqn and Nadia Nour who was only in a couple of films.
The song Horeya Hassan sings is titled, ‘Min Hobi fik ya Gari’ (With love for you my neighbour). The song was written for this film and its now so popular for bellydancers thanks to the versions on Leila Farid’s cds.
Towards the end of the scene Horeya Hassan looks into Hassan’s room and sees Naima Akef dancing.