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.

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.

Nahid Sabri (1962)

Nahid Sabri (صبري ناهد) is the dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film “Youm Bela Ghad“ (غد بلا يوم A Day without (a) Tomorrow). Born in 1925 in Tanta, Egypt, Nahed Sabri and her sister went to the bright lights of Cairo where Nahed became a pupil of Nelly Mazloum. She was given her big break by Hussein Fawzi an Egyptian film director who was married to Naima Akef at one point. Nahid Sabri travelled to the US where she lived for several years before returning to Egypt. She later renounced dancing and closed her dance schools.
The film starred Syrian born singer, composer and oud player Farid al Atrache, along with Mariam Fakreddine and Zaki Rostom.

Lula Abdu (1955) لولا عبده

This is very short clip of Egyptian dancer and singer Lula Abdu (also spelt Lola Abdou) performing in a wedding scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ard al Hawa’ (Age of Love عهد الهوى ). The film starred Farid al Atrache (post Samia), Mariam Fakreddine, Abdelsalem al Nabulsi and Yousef Wehbi.

Samia Gamal (1950) جمال‎ سامية

This is Egyptian legend Samia Gamal dancing in a third clip from the 1950 Egyptian movie ‘Akher Kedba’ (The Last Lie آخر كدبة). The male singer is Syrian born Farid al Atrache who was her partner both on and off screen for many years. Appearing with them in part of the clip is Ismail Yassin who was a famous Egyptian comedian. Like many other entertainers of that era, Ismail Yassin started his career in the nightclub of Badia Masabni. The film tells the story of Samir and Samira (al Atrache and Gamal). Samira is jealous of Kiki another bellydancer. Kiki gives Samir a broken necklace and asks him to arrange for its repair. Samira finds the necklace and thinks its a gift for her from Samir. In due course Kiki asks for her necklace back!
The film also starred Stefan Rosti, Ismail Yassin, Aziz Othman and Camelia.

Leila Al Jazairia (1953) ليلى الجزائريه

This is Algerian dancer Leila al Jazairia (ليلى الجزائرية) in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Lahn Hobbi’ (The Song of My Love لحن حبي) which starred Farid al Atrache and Sabah.
Leila al Jazairia only danced in a couple of movies with Farid Atrache including this one. Born as Nadia Bouguettaya in 1930 (or 1927) she travelled to France where she was noticed by Farid who decided that she would be the replacement bellydancer/actress after his split from his longtime partner, Samia Gamal. Gamal and al Atrache had separated in 1951 after 11 years together both on and off screen. However, after only 3 films with al Atrache Leila left Egypt and returned to France where she continued to work as a dancer.
Background: Leila al Jazairia’s birthplace Oran in Algeria (Wahran in Berber) was the site of a massacre in 1962 during the Algerian War of Independence.