This is a wedding scene featuring tahtib performed by a male dancer. The scene’s from the 1982 Egyptian drama ‘Al Salakhana’ (The Slaughter House السلخانة ) but unfortunately it all ends very badly for the male dancer played by Egyptian actor Saeed Abdel Ghani. The singer at the very beginning of the scene is Ahmed Adaweya. The film starred Adel Adham (at the back wearing blue), Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer) and Madiha Kamal. Also starring was Nagwa Fouad who’s in the audience in this scene wearing a red striped galabeya. Nagwa Fouad’s shamadan dance from this movie is available on this channel. Samir Ghanem and Leila Hamada play the bride and groom in this scene.
Here’s another performance by Saeeda Galal, (who was a Mona al Saeed-lookalike) from the 1979 Egyptian film ‘The Curse of Time’ (Laenet al Zaman لعنة الزمن). In this clip she uses a stick (assaya). The film starred Farid Shawki, Adel Adham, Poussy and Hussien el Sherbini.
The dancer in this scene is Egyptian born Samia Gamal performing in the 1951 film “The Beauty’s Cheek” (Al Ghad al Gamil خد الجميل). The singers are in a group sitting at the table dressed in pseudo-Lebanese garb and they come up to join her individually. In order of performance the singers are Suad Makkawi, Mahmoud Shekuku, and Abdel Aziz Mohamed. The film also starred Marie Munib and Hassan Fayek.
This is Egyptian dancer Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). The film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan playing Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring was Mahmoud al Meligi who enters part way through the scene. He plays El Qersh (the baddie) and the part famously calls for a hook for a hand, you’ll see him drinking tea/beer (!) in this scene using the hook. The singer in this scene is Saed Darwish al Tantari (سيد درويش الطنطاوى) not to be confused with Saed Darwish the composer.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). Born in Egypt in February 1915 Taheya Karioka left home at an early age and went on to develop a long career as a dancer and later as an actress. She died in Cairo in 1999.
This film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan who were married to each other at the time. They play Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring were Marie Munib and Mahmoud al Meligi who plays the part of El Qersh the baddie which famously calls for a hook for a hand. The singer in this clip is Ahmed Abdullah (عبدالله احمد).
This scene is from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘El Fas fi el Ras’ (الفاس فى الرأس ) and features dancing by Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaily (عزت العلايلي). The film also starred actresses Abla Kamal and Leila Elwi who is the lady in the crowd.
The title of the movie in Arabic means literally, ‘An axe in the head’ but what it means here is a situation that can’t go back to normal or possibly, due to the story of the movie, a little misdeed that made a big misdeed possible. In French the film was released as ‘Le Ver dans le Fruit’ meaning literally ‘a worm in the fruit’.
The movie’s story is set in Upper Egypt and much of the filming was done around Esna, Egypt about 50 kms from Luxor. Esna is most famous for its Nile River locks and this is the place where local vendors throw their wares up to tourists on the Nile ferries.
Trivia: French poet Paul Verlaine used the expression ‘Le ver dans le fruit…’ in his 1866 poem ‘Nevermore’.
This is Egyptian born bellydance superstar Mona al Said.
Mona’s response to family disapproval of her decision to pursue a dance career was to flee to Lebanon and from 1970 to 1975 she danced at the Casino Lebanon. In 1975 she returned to headline at the Meridian Hotel nightclub in Cairo, dancing there until 1976. It was at this point that she went to the Omar Khayyam nightclub in London and she performed there from 1976 to 1980. She has retired from regular performing and now teaches festival workshops and private classes.