This is Samia Gamal performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). In this film she plays Zahrah who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised by the tribe of rustlers and thieves. The film also starred Yahia Shaheen and famous Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki plays Hamdan the leader of the thieves. This clip features Tunisian singer and actress Hassiba Rochdi who plays Nadia, Hamdan’s mistress. The male singer performing with her in this clip is Mohamed Abdel Muttalib.
Trivia 1: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’.
Trivia 2:The film was directed by Egyptian born filmmaker Gianni Vernuccio who’d left Egypt when young to return to Italy where he went to university. He returned to Egypt briefly to direct a couple of films including this one. Apparently he was in Italy at the end of WWII and filmed the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress.
This scene is from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘El Fas fi el Ras’ (الفاس فى الرأس ) and features dancing by Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaily (عزت العلايلي). The film also starred actresses Abla Kamal and Leila Elwi who is the lady in the crowd.
The title of the movie in Arabic means literally, ‘An axe in the head’ but what it means here is a situation that can’t go back to normal or possibly, due to the story of the movie, a little misdeed that made a big misdeed possible. In French the film was released as ‘Le Ver dans le Fruit’ meaning literally ‘a worm in the fruit’.
The movie’s story is set in Upper Egypt and much of the filming was done around Esna, Egypt about 50 kms from Luxor. Esna is most famous for its Nile River locks and this is the place where local vendors throw their wares up to tourists on the Nile ferries.
Trivia: French poet Paul Verlaine used the expression ‘Le ver dans le fruit…’ in his 1866 poem ‘Nevermore’.
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian dancer and actress Samiha Tawfik who was born in Fayoum (about 100kms from Cairo) in 1928 and died in Cairo in 2010. The scene is from the Egyptian comedy “Feleh and Mehtas” (فالح ومحتاس) which was released in 1954. The singer is Sherifa Maher.
This clip features Egyptian actress Hala al Shawaby (هالة الشواربي) performing in a scene from the 1972 film ‘Kings of Evil’ (ملوك الشر Molok al Shar). The film starred Farid Shawki, Tawfik al Deqn and Mahmoud al Meliji who owns the feet. Born in Cairo in 1938 Hala al Shawaby retired in the early 1990s and died in 2007.
Soheir Zaki also performed in this movie and her performance can be found at vimeo.com/106674099
In this scene we see dancing by an Egyptian dancer/actress named Hana Adel (هناء عادل). All I can find out about her was that she used to dance at local moulids and weddings and then moved to Cairo. It seems that she only appeared in this one movie.
This scene is from the 1954 movie “The Adventures of Ismail Yassin” (مغامرات اسماعيل يس Moghamarat Ismail Yassin) which starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin and Kamal al Shinnawi who are the two men watching. The film also starred singer/actress Shadia.
Zeinat Olwi is the dancer in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Pity My Tears’ (Erham Damoui ارحم دموعي). Zeinat Olwi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, eventually moving to Cairo where she danced in Badia Masabni’s nightclub, moving later to the band which supported singer and actor Mahmoud Shekoko (محمود شكوكو). She started her film career in 1951 and seems to have made her last film appearance in 1970. She died in 1988.
The film was directed by Henry Barakat and starred Yahia Shaheen, Faten Hamama (Mrs Omar Sharif) and Rushdy Abaza (who’d been married to Samia Gamal, Sabah and earlier Taheya Karioka).