This is a further scene from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘H3’ (‘Haa 3’ هاء 3) featuring Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad. The film starred Rushdi Abaza and Tawfik al Deqn who are the two men watching her.
In this film Rushdi Abaza plays Abbas, an elderly men who wants to be young again. The film tells the story of his experiences with ‘H3’, a wonder drug that can reverse the effects of growing old.
This scene’s from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘H3’ (‘Haa 3’ هاء 3) and features bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad. She both dances and acts in this movie which starred Rushdi Abaza, Soad Hosny, Maher el Attar and Tawfik al Deqn.
The film tells the story of an elderly man named Abbas (played by Abaza) and his experiences with ‘H3’, a wonder drug that can reverse the effects of growing old. Abbas is 80 years old at the start of the film and decides that he wants to be young. He goes to a clinic where he drinks a chemical mix given to him and, lo and behold, he becomes a young man again. Unfortunately his re-found youth brings him nothing but misfortune. First he falls in love with his son’s fiancée, he marries her but then he commits a murder. Abbas is eventually returned to the clinic where the formula originated, He decides to take the antidote and return to his life as an 80 year old.
This is another scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Ghaltet al Omr’ (Mistake of a Lifetime غلطة العمر) which starred the performers featured in this clip; dancer/actress Samiha Tawfik and singer/actress Hoda Sultan. Also starring were Zouzou Nabil and Hamdy Gheith. Fouad al Mohandes appears in this movie which is early in his film career.
Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1950 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Batal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The central character in the film is Batal (Ismail Yassin) and he’s been mistakenly told that he has only a week to live. As a result, he hurriedly marries his fiancée Sharbat played by Shadia and this scene is set at their wedding. Batal has hired Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, to dance at the wedding but in order to save money as he thinks he’s going to die very shortly, he’s also hired a troupe of professional funeral mourners to perform at the same time.
This scene is from the 1950 Egyptian comedy film ‘Al Battal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The film starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin along with Shadia and Zeinat Sedki. This scene is set in a nightclub where Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, performs.
Trivia: The elderly man in the audience wearing the fez and enjoying the performance greatly is Egyptian character actor Mohamed Kamal Elmasry (1886-1966).
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian born Nabaweya Mustafa (نبوية مصطفى). Her performance in this scene includes the splits, some floorwork as well as her usual dynamic hipwork. The scene is from a 1948 Egyptian movie titled ‘Nargis’ (نرجس Nargis is a girl’s name meaning in English ‘Narcissus’ which is a flower) starring Nour al Hoda, Mohamed Fawzy, Fardous Mohamed, Ali al Kassar and Ismail Yassin.
This is actress Soheir al Morshedi dancing in a scene from the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Al Harami’ (The Thief الحرامي). Soheir al Morshedi only danced when and if the part she was playing required it. In this film she plays a girl who’s engaged to be married but just before the wedding day her father receives an offer for her hand from another man which the father accepts. The intending son-in-law turns out to be a criminal.
The film starred Farid Shawki, Mohamed Youssef, Mohamed Reda and the members of The Three Stage Light band (“Tholaathi Adwaa al Masrah” فرقة ثلاثي أضواء المسرح التي) who are the photographers in this scene. They were individually listed; Samir Ghanem, George Sedhom and El Deif Ahmad.
Trivia: What does the trio’s name mean? You might remember them from their appearances in other Egyptian movies. ‘Tholaathi’ means three or a trio. ‘Al Adwaa’ in this case means a light (like a spotlight or a stage light). ‘Al Masrah’ means the theatre or sometimes its used to mean only the stage, sorry its a really hard name to translate, but ‘Three Stage Lights’ or ‘Three Theatre Lights’ might be the closest.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Mona al Said in a performance from many years ago. If the music seems familiar you’re right. The piece is now well known to dancers after it was released by Suhaila Salimpour with the title of ‘Raks Jamila’ on Arabian Musicals Vol.1.
Lebanese dancer Rindala also danced to this music using the same, or almost the same, choreography as Mona. If you’d like to compare the two, Rindala’s performance is also here on TheCaroVan. Rindala’s wearing a bright green bedlah.
If you click on the link above, you’ll find a clip by Warda al Jazairia. The song is ‘Betwannis Beek’ (‘I Cherish Your Company’, sometimes called ‘I Dream of You’ بتونس بيك).
Trivia: An uncredited sample from this track is used in the song ‘Don’t Know What to Tell You’ on US singer Aaliyah’s posthumous album which was released in 2002.