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.
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.
Actress and singer Huda Sultan (1925-2006) was the sister of renowned composer-singer-actor Mohamed Fawzi. She was Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki’s third wife, the couple being married between 1951–1969.
Trivia: Actor Farid Shawki was married to a bellydancer named Saneya Shawki for 5 or 6 years in the late 1940s. If you’d like to see Saneya Shawki performing, there’s a clip of her on this channel.
Bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performing with Farid al Atrache in a scene from the 1956 film ‘Waddat Hobbak’ (Goodbye My Love ودعت حبك). The film also starred Ahmed Ramzy, Abdul Salam al Nabulsi, Tawfiq Al Deqn, Riad Algosby and Shadia. The film was directed by Youssef Chahine.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Fael Khair’ (The Benefactor). Like many bellydancers of that time Zeinat Olwi started out working in the nightclub of Badia Masabni first as a chorus line dancer and later as a soloist. A lifelong heavy smoker, Zeinat died in 1988 following a massive heart attack.
The film starred Sabah (with the handbag looking out the window), Ismail Yassine (in the beige jacket in the front row at the men’s party and also in drag, second from left, at the women’s party) and Zomoroda (the woman sitting in the car. Her name means ‘Emerald’). The singer in this clip is Mohammed Fawzi. He was the brother of actress Huda Sultan and composer of the music for the Algerian national anthem.
Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1957 film ‘Ismail Yassin in the Navy’ (اسماعيل يس في الأسطول) which starred comedian Ismail Yassin (of course), Zeinat Sedki (the lady who gets up to dance), Zahrat al Ola, Mahmoud al Meliji (the groom) and a very young Ahmed Ramzi. Also starring was Riad El Kasabgy who reprises his role as IY’s nemesis, Shawish Attia.
Zeinat Olwi dances and Muharram Fouad sings in this wedding scene from the 1966 Egyptian film ‘Al Zawj al Azeb’ (The Bachelor Husband الزوج العازب). The film starred Farid Shawki, Hind Rostom and Mahmoud al Meligi and Naemat Mokhtar who’s in a non-dancing role. This film tells the story of Ashour (Shawki) who routinely divorces one of his four current wives so he can marry any woman who takes his fancy. In this scene he’s married Hind Rostom who doesn’t yet know about the other wives. Nemat Mokhtar who was well known as a dancer plays the non-dancing role of one of the wives.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian movie ‘Ishaet Hob’ (Rumour of Love or Training for Love إشاعة حب) which starred Omar Sharif just before he hit the big time in Hollywood in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Also starring were Soad Hosny, Youssef Wehbi, Hind Rostom and Abdel Monem Ibrahim.
Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1958 drama ‘Kahraman’ (كهرمان) which starred Huda Sultan, Yehia Shaheen and Abdel Menan Ibrahim.
Trivia: The film’s title ‘Kahraman’ means amber.
This is bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Al Naas Maqamaat’ (Class Distinctions الناس مقامات ). The film starred matinee idol Shukri Sarhan along with Mahmoud el Meligi, Doria Ahmed, Samiha Tawfik, Hind Rostom and Lebanese born actress Alwiya Gamil.
Trivia: Actors Mahmoud el Meligi and Alwiya Gamil were married from 1939 until el Meligi’s death in 1983. In 1963 el Meligi took a second wife, a young actress, but the story is that Gamil gave him a ‘her or me’ ultimatum and he quietly divorced his second wife.