Fifi Abdu (2000) فيفي عبده

This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu in a scene from ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (also titled ‘Zanket al Sitat’, Women’s Market زنقة الستات) released in 2000. Fifi Abdu starred in the film playing Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. Also starring were Maged el Masry, Samy el Adl and doctor-turned-actor Ezzat Abou Ouf.
Born in Cairo in 1953 as Attiyat Abdel Fattah Ibrahim (عطيات عبد الفتاح إبراهيم) Fifi Abdu’s first appearances were as a member of a baladi troupe.
Trivia: Zane’t el Setat is the name of the old market in Alexandria, Egypt and is the area where the 1920s serial killers Raya and Sekina often met their intended victims.

Zeinat Olwi (1958) زينات علوى

This is Alexandria born dancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film “This is Love” (Haza Howa al Hob هذا هو الحب ). Zeinat Olwi had an unhappy childhood and left Alexandria to move to Cairo. She started as one of Badia Masabni’s background dancers eventually becoming a soloist. She then moved on to dance with singer-comedian Shekuku. She made numerous film appearances initially in speaking roles but, as she considered herself a dancer first and foremost, she reverted to dancing roles only. Her final movie appearance was in 1969 in the film ‘Sabah Al Kheir ya Zawjati al Aziza’. This film was directed by Salah Abu Seif, an Egyptian director whose credits included “Shabab Emraa”(A Woman’s Youth 1956) which starred Taheya Karioka and “Al Wahsh”(The Monster 1954) starring Samia Gamal. Performances from all these movies can also be seen on this channel.
In this scene from “This is Love”, the unhappy bride is played by Lubna Abdelaziz while the mother of the bride sitting to her right is Fardous Mohamed. The distraught man is Yahia Shehin and with him are Mary Munib, Abdelmonem Ibrahim and, I think, Mahmoud Azmi. Meanwhile, the fathers’ of the bride and groom participate in the nikah ceremony.

Samia Gamal (1951) سامية جمال‎‎

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.

Taheya Karioka and Farid al Atrache (1942)

This is Taheya Karioka and Farid al Atrache in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film, “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man, co-incidentally named Farid, who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham (Madiha Yousri). He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano. Elham’s parents have both died and now she lives with her aunt played by the wonderful Marie Munib. Taheya Karioka plays Bahia, a dancer who tries, but fails, to make Farid fall in love with her. The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares.

Lebleba (1985) لبلبة

This is Ninochka Manoug Kupelian better known as Egyptian actress and dancer Lebleba. In this scene she’s performing in the 1985 movie ‘Mahatet al Ons’ (Social Station محطة الانس). The film starred Samir Ghanem as the owner of a desert service station who uses nails placed on the road to make drivers stop to use his workshop. The film also starred Said Saleh and Younes Shelaby.
Trivia: Lebleba is the cousin of child actress Feyrouz (Perouz Artin Kalfayan) and singer/dancer Nelly (Nelly Artin Kalfayan).

Taheya Karioka (1942) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is Taheya Karioka in a wedding scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). She plays the part of Bahia, a dancer who tries but fails to make Farid al Atrache fall in love with her, In this scene she’s hired unknowingly to dance at the wedding of Farid and Elham played by Madiha Yousri. Everything goes along fine until Taheya realises who the groom is. The bride’s aunt is played by the wonderful Marie Munib who’s on the left of screen with the feather in her hair.

Taheya Karioka and Gina (1942)

 

 

This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man, co-incidentally named Farid, who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham (Madiha Yousri). He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano.  Elham’s parents have both died and now she lives with her aunt played by the wonderful Marie Munib.  Taheya Karioka plays Bahia, a dancer who tries but fails to make Farid fall in love with her.  The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares.
Trivia: The ‘Haaretz’ newspaper in Israel reports that in September 1962 the Edison Theatre in Jerusalem screened the Farid al Atrache film “Eternal Melody”(Lahn al khulud”). The audience was incensed to discover that Farid’s songs were not presented in their entirety in the movie and demanded their money back. When this was refused they smashed seats and broke windows in the theatre lobby.