Hind Rostom – a retrospective هند رستم

This is a brief retrospective of the career of Egyptian actress Hind Rostom ( هند رستم ). While it covers her long and sometimes controversial film career, she was also a good dancer and danced in many of her film roles. The retrospective also includes a “blink and you’ll miss it” shamadan scene from the 1963 Egyptian film ‘Shafika el Qebteya’ (Shafika the Copt شفيقة القبطية) where she played the title role. This film was about the dancer who’s credited with being the first to perform while balancing a shamadan (candelabra) on her head.
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 which was shortly before hers, Dr Fayad’s family took legal action against her to reclaim assets they said were theirs.

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Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي – a retrospective (Part 2)

This is the second part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki. If you’re interested in the history of Egyptian cinema, Zeinat Sedki and the actors she worked with are an integral part of that development.   I’ll put up a translation eventually 🙂 Born Zeinab Mosaad in Alexandra, Egypt in 1913, she attended school for only a short time as her father considered a rudimentary education to be sufficient for his daughters.  At 15 she was married but the marriage didn’t last long.  Following her divorce she earned a living by dancing at weddings but her family didn’t approve so she fled to Syria.  On her return she met Najuib al Rihani and joined his troupe. He also changed her name from Zeinab with a ‘b’ to Zeinat with a ‘t’ to avoid confusion with a well known actress.  She became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with Yousef Wehbi and often with Ismail Yassine.  Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen.  Zeinat Sedki died in 1978.
Dancers will recognise Naima Akef and Fairouz Arteen in several of the clips in this second part of a retrospective of Zeinat Sedki. (سوف الراقصات الاعتراف نعيمة عاكف وفيروز  في العديد من مقاطع في هذا الجزء الثاني من معرض استعادي لمهنة الكوميدية المصرية زينات صدقي.)

Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي- a retrospective (Part 1)

This is the first part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki (1913-1978).
Born Zeinab Mosaad in Alexandra, Egypt in 1913, she attended school for only a short time as her father considered a rudimentary education to be sufficient for his daughter. At 15 she was married but the marriage didn’t last long. Following her divorce she earned a living by dancing at weddings but her family didn’t approve so she fled to Syria. On her return she met Najuib al Rihani and joined his troupe. He also changed her name from Zeinab with a ‘b’ to Zeinat with a ‘t’ to avoid confusion with a well known actress. Her surname remained the same as she’d been using Sedki since the time she left her family. Zeinat Sedki became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with, amongst many others, Farid al Atrache, bellydancers Samia Gamal and Taheya Karioka and regularly with Ismail Yassin. Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen. She died in 1978.

Naima Akef retrospective عاكف‎ نعيمة

The commentary of this retrospective of the career of Egyptian bellydancer and actress Naima Akef (1929-1966) is in Arabic but even if you’re not an Arabic speaker, the pictures and clips give an overview of her movie career. It covers many of her most famous dance scenes including ‘Tamr Henna’ in Part 2. If you follow old time Egyptian movies you see famous Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki playing the riq as part of the band in the ‘Tamr Henna’ scenes.
(One day I’ll have the time to do a translation but unfortunately I can’t see it being any time soon.)

 

TheCaroVan YouTube channel

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TheCaroVan’s YouTube channel is no more.  The channel featured short clips of bellydancers from the Middle East and occasionally singers, usually in scenes or clips taken from old Egyptian and Lebanese movies some as far back as the 1930s.  Full movies were never uploaded.
TheCaroVan YouTube account has been terminated after receiving copyright demands from companies and copyright organisations who claimed the ownership of some of the clips and/or the accompanying music.  While some of the claims were from entities who, after a minimal amount of research proved to be non-existent, some claims and organisations were legitimate and if you were a regular visitor to TheCaroVan you would have noticed that in the past, clips has been removed in compliance.
In the end, TheCarovan account was terminated due to a take-down notice by a company in France who claims to own the copyright to the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Sigarah wa Kas’ (A Glass and a Cigarette) which features dancing by Samia Gamal.  Interestingly enough there is at least one other company who claims to own the worldwide copyright of this same movie.
I removed the offending clip yesterday, immediately on receiving the notice, but that wasn’t good enough apparently and the account has been terminated.  As a result the channel and its research and information that more than 6,000,000 viewers had accessed, is now lost.
So, long story short, TheCaroVan is no more and I am now ‘An individual whose account has been closed [is] prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube account.’
Ah well, as someone who lives in the Middle East, as you can imagine, we have one or two other things to worry about at the moment…..