Galeela Mahmoud (1993) جليلة محمود

 

This is Egyptian actress Galeela Mahmoud dancing for Sami Sarhan in a scene from the 1993 film “Al Hareban” (The Fugitives الهاربان). The film also starred Samir Ghanem along with Noura (who’s Poussy’s cousin) and Amal Ibrahim.

Taheya Karioka (1942) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشبابAhlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham played by Madiha Yousri. He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano. Basiyouni is Elham’s aunt and is played by Marie Munib. The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares. Taheya Karioka plays Bahia who is a dancer who tries – but fails – to make Farid fall in love with her.

Samia Gamal (1959) سامية جمال

In this scene legendary Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal performs with Lebanese born singer Sabah. The scene is from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Al Rajol al Thani’ (The Second Man الرجل الثاني) which also starred Salah Zulfikar and Rushdi Abaza.
Its interesting to see Samia Gamal, Sabah and Rushdi Abaza in the same film. As you probably know, Egyptian actor Rushdi Abaza was married to Samia Gamal from 1958 to 1977 but he married Sabah in 1977 prior to the end of his marriage to Gamal. The Sabah-Abaza marriage lasted less than a week as, according to Sabah, he’d omitted to tell her that he was still legally married to Samia. Nobody really seems to know the truth. Did Sabah and Abaza had a mut’ah which is a legal though temporary marriage, known over here as ‘The 5 Minute Marriage’? Or did he just like dancers as he’d previously been married to Taheya Karioka. Who knows?

Nadia Arslan (1984) نادية أرسلان

This is actress Nadia Arslan (نادية أرسلان) dancing in the 1984 Egyptian film ‘حتى لايطير الدخان’ (Hatta la Yateer al Dokhan ‘That the Smoke May Not Blow Away’ or ‘As Not to Blow the Smoke’) which starred Adel Imam who’s also in this scene. Born as Hind Arslan in Lebanon in 1949, she won a beauty contest and shortly afterwards moved to Egypt. She started her Egyptian screen acting career in 1971 and, after marrying a fellow actor, retired from screen roles in 1987. After becoming very religious she expressed regret for her acting career. Nadia Arslan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and died in 2008.
Also starring in the film were Soheir Ramzy, Sanaa Shafea and Fekry Abaza and the film was based on a novel by Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous (1919 –1990).

Taheya Karioka (1953) تحية كاريوكا

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.

Nagwa Fouad (1982) فؤاد نجوى

This is dancer Nagwa Fouad and singer Ahmed Adaweya performing in a wedding scene from the 1982 Egyptian film “El Salakhana” (The Slaughter House السلخانة ). The movie starred Adel Adham, Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer) and Madiha Kamel. The bride and groom in this scene are played by Samir Sabri and Leila Hamada.

Samia Gamal (1951) سامية جمال‎‎

This is the third dance by Samia Gamal from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). The actor by the lantern is Yahia Shaheen.

Hayatim (Egypt)

 

Well, as you know, I’m a big fan of Egyptian dancer and actress Hayatim.  Born as Suhair Hassan in Alexandria, Egypt in 1950, Hayatim first made her name as a dancer at weddings and parties. She moved to Cairo and became a very popular dancer eventually moving into movies. She’s appeared in numerous Egyptian films, initially as a bellydancer who did a bit of acting and later as an actress who did a bit of dancing. She was married for some years to Egyptian actor Mohamed Khairy.
Hayatim was a terrific dancer in her heyday, despite the eye searing ‘special effects’ that often featured in her videos. She was featured in a series of Egyptian bellydance VHS tapes that introduced many Westerners to famous Egyptian dancers such as Nagwa Fouad and Soheir Zaki. Hayatim oozes confidence but not the in-your-face aggressive confidence that we see from some of today’s dancers. Hayatim’s style is relaxed and fluid and she doesn’t attempt to beat the music to death.

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).

Samia Gamal (1951) سامية جمال

This is Samia Gamal performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). In this film she plays Zahrah who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised by the tribe of rustlers and thieves. The film also starred Yahia Shaheen and famous Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki plays Hamdan the leader of the thieves. This clip features Tunisian singer and actress Hassiba Rochdi who plays Nadia, Hamdan’s mistress. The male singer performing with her in this clip is Mohamed Abdel Muttalib.
Trivia 1: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’.
Trivia 2:The film was directed by Egyptian born filmmaker Gianni Vernuccio who’d left Egypt when young to return to Italy where he went to university. He returned to Egypt briefly to direct a couple of films including this one. Apparently he was in Italy at the end of WWII and filmed the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress.