Nadia Lotfi (1969)

This is Egyptian actress Nadia Lotfi dancing in the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Abi foq al Shagara‘ (My Father is Up a Tree أبي فوق الشجرة) in which she starred as Firdous, a dancer who has an affair with Abdel Halim Hafez’s character Adel. Also starring were Emad Hamdy as Kamal who’s Adel’s father and Mervat Amin as Amal. The film was a huge success but was the last production in which Abdel Halim Hafez appeared. He died in London in March 1977 where he’d gone for treatment for the water borne disease bilharzia to which he had been exposed as a youngster. He’s buried at the Al Rifa’i Mosque in Salah el Din Square near the Citadel in Cairo.

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Hayatim (1982) هياتم

This scene features Alexandria born dancer and actress Hayatim and is from the 1982 Egyptian film “Al Aqwyaa” (The Mighty or The Strongest الأقوياء). This is a drama with an all-star cast including Madiha Yousri, Ezzat El Alaily and Naglaa Fathi. The film also starred Rushdi Abaza who had been married to both Taheya Karioka and Samia Gamal. Rushdi Abaza died in 1980 during filming of this production and his remaining lines were spoken by well known Egyptian actor Salah Nazmi who’s never seen onscreen.

Fifi Abdu (1982) عبده‎ فيفى

This is Egyptian superstar Fifi Abdu in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Quench the Fire‘ (Min Yotfe el Nar من يطفئ النار ) in which she has three costume changes. The film starred Lebanese singer Walid Toufik who is the singer with her. The film also starred Egyptian actresses Raghda and Athar el Hakim and screen legend Farid Shawki. The writer and director of the film was Mohamed Salman who moved to Cairo from Lebanon after receiving his degree and became a noted singer in 1950s Egyptian films. He appeared with dancers Katy, Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed amongst others. He was married to fellow singer Najah Salam.
Trivia: Walid Toufik was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and had his ‘big break’ appearing on the Lebanese tv talent show ‘Studio el Fan’. He moved to Egypt and his career really took off from there.

Saeeda Galal (1979) سعيدة جلال

Here’s a performance by Egyptian actress and dancer Saeeda Galal who, in this clip, is a Mona al Saeed-lookalike. The scene is from the 1979 Egyptian film ‘The Curse of Time’ (Laenet al Zaman لعنة الزمن). The film starred Farid Shawki, Adel Adham, Poussy and Hussien el Sherbini.

Naima Akef (1954) نعيمة عاكف‎

The dancer in this scene is the legendary Naima Akef (1929-1966) and the singer is Karem Mahmoud (1922-1995) who was a well-known Egyptian singer and actor. The scene’s from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Nour al Ayoun’ (Light of My Eyes نور عيوني ) which also starred Mahmoud al Meliji, Zeinat Sedki and Hassan Fayek.  A quick summary of the film plot is that Nour the dancer (Akef) loves Adel the singer (Mahmoud) and they’re a successful duet. Hanafi (al Meliji) is jealous and pins a murder charge on Adel who’s arrested. Nour gets a confession from Hanafi and Nour and Adel get married.
Trivia: If you’re interested, there’s a clip on this channel of Egyptian dancer Nagua Fouad performing while Karem Mahmoud sings “Samra ya Samra”.

Fifi Abdu (2000) فيفي عبده

This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu in a scene from ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (also titled ‘Zanket al Sitat’, Women’s Market زنقة الستات) released in 2000. Fifi Abdu starred in the film playing Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. Also starring were Maged el Masry, Samy el Adl and doctor-turned-actor Ezzat Abou Ouf.
Born in Cairo in 1953 as Attiyat Abdel Fattah Ibrahim (عطيات عبد الفتاح إبراهيم) Fifi Abdu’s first appearances were as a member of a baladi troupe.
Trivia: Zane’t el Setat is the name of the old market in Alexandria, Egypt and is the area where the 1920s serial killers Raya and Sekina often met their intended victims.

Zeinat Olwi (1958) زينات علوى

This is Alexandria born dancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film “This is Love” (Haza Howa al Hob هذا هو الحب ). Zeinat Olwi had an unhappy childhood and left Alexandria to move to Cairo. She started as one of Badia Masabni’s background dancers eventually becoming a soloist. She then moved on to dance with singer-comedian Shekuku. She made numerous film appearances initially in speaking roles but, as she considered herself a dancer first and foremost, she reverted to dancing roles only. Her final movie appearance was in 1969 in the film ‘Sabah Al Kheir ya Zawjati al Aziza’. This film was directed by Salah Abu Seif, an Egyptian director whose credits included “Shabab Emraa”(A Woman’s Youth 1956) which starred Taheya Karioka and “Al Wahsh”(The Monster 1954) starring Samia Gamal. Performances from all these movies can also be seen on this channel.
In this scene from “This is Love”, the unhappy bride is played by Lubna Abdelaziz while the mother of the bride sitting to her right is Fardous Mohamed. The distraught man is Yahia Shehin and with him are Mary Munib, Abdelmonem Ibrahim and, I think, Mahmoud Azmi. Meanwhile, the fathers’ of the bride and groom participate in the nikah ceremony.