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.

Zeinat Olwi (1962)

The dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘The Slaves of the Body’ (عبيد الجسد Abid Al Jasad) is Zeinat Olwi. The film starred singer/actress Huda Sultan, her then husband Farid Shawki and Mahmoud al Meliji. The man Zeinat flirts with and who visualizes her in different costumes is Tawfik al Deqn (1924-1988).

Zeinat Olwi (1954) زينات علوى

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).

Zeinat Olwi (1953) زينات علوى

This is Egyptian dancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1953 drama ‘Aabid al Mal’ (‘Slaves of Money’ عبيد المال). The film starred Farid Shawki, Mahmoud al Meliji, Faten Hamam and Emad Hamdi.

Zeinat Olwi, Katkoota and Zizi Mustafa (1969)

This scene is from the 1969 Egyptian comedy ‘Nashal Raghm Anfoh’ (A Pickpocket Despite His Nose نشال رغم أنفه). The film starred Nadia Lutfi as a movie star named Samia and Amin el Heneidi (1925-1986) as Sayed, the pickpocket of the film’s title.
The clip starts with dancing by Alexandria born Zeinat Olwi (1930-1988) who’s accompanied by singer Shafik Galal. The man at the bar wearing a white waistcoat is actor Tawfik al Deqn. The second dancer is Katkoota (قطقوطة). I’m pretty sure the third dancer who’s performing at the wedding is Zizi Mustafa though any confirmation would be much appreciated. The singers in the wedding scene are ‘The 3 Stagelights’ (“Tholaathi Adwaa al Masrah” فرقة ثلاثي أضواء المسرح التي). Of this trio Samir Ghanem (the tall bald one) went on to have a hugely successful career as a solo comedy actor, George Sedhom (the one in the suit) retired many years ago due to on-going ill health and El Deif Ahmad (the young one) died in 1970.
Trivia: Dancers may be interested to know that Nadia Lufti, the star of this movie, later played Badia Masabni in the 1975 Egyptian bio-pic of Masabni’s life. Fouad al Mohandes played the part of famous Egyptian actor Naguib el Rihani who was Masabni’s husband from 1925 until 1949.

Zeinat Olwi (1953) زينات علوى

The dancer in this clip is Alexandria born Zeinat Olwi (زينات علوي) who performed in 35 (or so) Egyptian films.  Born in 1930 Zeinat Olwi started her career in the Cairo nightclub owned by Badia Masabni and also had a long connection with Egyptian comedian Mahmoud Shekuku and his band. Zeinat Olwi only had spoken lines in one or two films before she decided that she wasn’t comfortable being an actress and preferred to be strictly a dancer. She passed away in Cairo in 1988.
The scene shown here is from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘My Sweetheart and I’ (Ana wa Habibi انا و حبيبي literally ‘I and my sweetheart’). To the left of screen is Mounir Murad and to the right is Mohammed al Tabie who regularly played the character of a naïve Saiidi boy often in tandem with Sayed Bedier.
The film starred singer/actress Shadia along with Abdel Salem al Nabulsi, the wonderful comic actress Zeinat Sedki and Mounir Murad who was the brother of Leila Murad.

Zeinat Olwi (1955) زينات علوى

Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performs in a scene from the 1955 film ‘Ayyam wa Layali’ (Days and Nightsأيام و ليالي ). The film starred Abdel Halim Hafez, Mahmoud el Meliji, Eman and Ahmed Ramzy.