Berlanti Abdelhamid (1961) برلنتي عبدالحميد

This is a clip from a 1961 Egyptian film titled ‘Sira fil jabal’ (Conflict on the Mountain صراع في الجبل). The dancer is Berlanti Abdelhamid (1935-2010), a well known Egyptian actress who danced if the role required it.
In 1963 Berlanti Abdelhamid met and later married Abdel Hakim Amer who went on to become the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army. For several years Abdel Hakim Amer was the first Vice President to Egypt’s President, Gamal Nasser and while he held the post of Vice President, Abdel Hakim Amer had the power to rule Egypt should the President be unable to do so. Field Marshal Amer’s career ended abruptly after the 6 Day War in 1967 and he died the same year after being arrested for allegedly plotting a coup to overthrow Nasser. Some say he committed suicide while others, including Berlanti Abdelhamid, say he was poisoned by government agents. In the early 2000’s she was involved in a public slanging match with the team who proposed making a movie, ‘Al Rais wa al Muhir’ (The President and the Marshal) based on her late husband’s life.

Nagwa Fouad (1972) فؤاد نجوى

This is Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1972 Egyptian comedy film ‘Adwaa el Madina’ (City Lights أضواء المدينة) which starred Shadia, Ahmad Mazhar, Adel Imam, Ibrahim Saafan and Abdel Monem Ibrahim. Despite having big stars, many songs and a big budget, the film failed to make an impact with audiences.

Taheya Karioka (1950)(1) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This scene is from the 1950 Egyptian comedy film ‘Al Battal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The film starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin along with Shadia and Zeinat Sedki. This scene is set in a nightclub where Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, performs.
Trivia: The elderly man in the audience wearing the fez and enjoying the performance greatly is Egyptian character actor Mohamed Kamal Elmasry (1886-1966).

Reda Troupe (1967) Nubian

Nubian style dance for the stage performed by Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda and the Reda Troupe. This is a scene from the 1967 Egyptian film ‘Gharam fi Al Karnak’ (Love in Karnak غرام في الكرنك) which starred Reda, Fahmy and Amin el Heneidi. Mahmoud Reda’s brother Ali who was married to Farida Fahmy, was one of the film’s directors.

Nabaweya Mustafa (shamadan)

In this scene from the 1944 Egyptian film ‘Ibnati’ (My Daughter ابنتى ) the dancer is Nabaweya Mustafa and for the first part of her performance she balances a shamadan (candelabra) on her head.
The film starred Aziza Amir, Amira Amir and Mahmoud Zulfikar and was a drama about two babies that were swapped at birth.