Hind Rostom (1957) هند رستم

Hind Rostom (1929-2011) dances in a scene set in a train carriage from the 1957 film ‘Inta Habibi’ (You’re my Love انت حبيبي ).  The film starred Farid al Atrache who’s the singer, Shadia, Abdel Salam Al Naboulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Farid and Yasmina  (Farid el Atrach and Shadia) who can’t stand each other but are being forced by their respective families to marry. Unbeknowst to their families Farid is singing in a nightclub and having an affair with a belly dancer (Rostom) while Yasmina is busy having an affair with another man. Eventually Farid and Yasmina decide to co-operate and pretend to like each so their families will leave them alone but in the end they fall in love.

Fifi Abdu ( فيفى عبده‎)

Despite the ‘special effects gone mad’ backgrounds, this is a fabulous Saidi and assaya performance by Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu. This is a digital conversion from an old VHS video tape (remember those) and the performance is from fairly early in her career. In this clip she’s wearing a plain white galabeya with a hip scarf.

Fifi Abdu (1984) فيفى عبده

Fifi Abdu is the dancer and Walid Tawfik is the singer. Together they’re in a scene from the 1984 Egyptian film ‘Qamar al Leil’ (قمر الليل) in which they both starred. The film tells the story of Imad (Tawfik) who prevents Ibtisam (Layla Olwi) from committing suicide which leads to him to Fikri (Abu Bakr Ezzat) who wants to marry a wealthy woman (Mary Fakreddine) who lost her son during the Lebanon War. Long story short Imad impersonates the missing son but it all turns out well in the end.

Zizi Mustafa (1984) زيزى مصطفى

The fabulous Zizi Mustafa in a scene from the 1984 comedy ‘Meen feena al harami’ (or Min fina al harami – Who amongst us is the thief?).  Later in the routine she uses a cane (assaya). This film’s also known as ‘Double Trouble’ as the lead actor Adel Imam (sometimes written Emam) plays a double role as twins. One of the twins is a thief and the other a regular guy.

Mona al Said

This is Egyptian bellydancer Mona al Said performing to the old Abdel Halim Hafez song ‘Kari’at Al Fingan’ (The Fortune Teller/The Coffee Cup Reader) and the khaleeji song ‘Wah, Wah’.
Again this is a conversion from an old video tape to mp4 with quality to match but ‘back in the day’ these VHS tapes were all there was and we had to take what we could get 🙂

Zizi Mustafa (1974) زيزى مصطفى

Zizi Mustafa in a scene from the 1974 film ‘Al Muhim al Hob’ (Love is Important) which starred Nahed Sharif, Adel Imam and Emad Hamdy.
Keep your eye on the actor playing the part of the conductor – he’s a show on his own!