Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad in a second performance from the 1961 Egyptian drama ‘Lematha Aish’ (‘Why I’m Living’ لماذا أعيش) which starred Shokry Sarhan, Suad Hosni and Mohsen Sarhan.

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Riri (1961) ريري

The dancer in this second clip from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘Sira fil Jabal’ (Conflict on the Mountain صراع في الجبل) is Alexandria born Riri (ريري). The singer is Mohamed Taha (1922 – 1996) who was born in Sindbis in the Nile Delta and worked in a textile factory in Shubra before his big break in show business. The film starred Rushdi Abaza Mahmoud al Meliji and Berlanti Abdel Hamid who are sitting at the table watching the show.
Trivia: Mohamed Taha’s home village of Sindbis has given its name to a strain of mosquito borne virus.

Berlanti Abdelhamid (1961) برلنتي عبدالحميد

This is a clip from a 1961 Egyptian film titled ‘Sira fil jabal’ (Conflict on the Mountain صراع في الجبل). The dancer is Berlanti Abdelhamid (1935-2010), a well known Egyptian actress who danced if the role required it.
In 1963 Berlanti Abdelhamid met and later married Abdel Hakim Amer who went on to become the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army. For several years Abdel Hakim Amer was the first Vice President to Egypt’s President, Gamal Nasser and while he held the post of Vice President, Abdel Hakim Amer had the power to rule Egypt should the President be unable to do so. Field Marshal Amer’s career ended abruptly after the 6 Day War in 1967 and he died the same year after being arrested for allegedly plotting a coup to overthrow Nasser. Some say he committed suicide while others, including Berlanti Abdelhamid, say he was poisoned by government agents. In the early 2000’s she was involved in a public slanging match with the team who proposed making a movie, ‘Al Rais wa al Muhir’ (The President and the Marshal) based on her late husband’s life.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) (2) فؤاد نجوى

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.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) (1) فؤاد نجوى

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.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1961 Egyptian drama ‘Lematha Aish’ (‘Why I’m Living’ لماذا أعيش) which starred Shokry Sarhan, Suad Hosni and Mohsen Sarhan. The singer in this clip is Hosni Sherif.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

Egyptian bellydancer Nagwa Fouad in another scene from the 1961 comedy film ‘Zawj bil ijar’ (‘Husband for Rent’ or ‘Husband by Proxy’ زوج بالإيجار ). The film starred comedian Ismail Yassin as a wealthy businessman named Murad who is facing bankruptcy. He also plays Murad’s lookalike named Filfil. The film also starred Zahrat al Ola, Wedad Hamdi and Hassan Fayek.