Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي – a retrospective (Part 2)

This is the second part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki. If you’re interested in the history of Egyptian cinema, Zeinat Sedki and the actors she worked with are an integral part of that development.   I’ll put up a translation eventually 🙂 Born Zeinab Mosaad in Alexandra, Egypt in 1913, she attended school for only a short time as her father considered a rudimentary education to be sufficient for his daughters.  At 15 she was married but the marriage didn’t last long.  Following her divorce she earned a living by dancing at weddings but her family didn’t approve so she fled to Syria.  On her return she met Najuib al Rihani and joined his troupe. He also changed her name from Zeinab with a ‘b’ to Zeinat with a ‘t’ to avoid confusion with a well known actress.  She became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with Yousef Wehbi and often with Ismail Yassine.  Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen.  Zeinat Sedki died in 1978.
Dancers will recognise Naima Akef and Fairouz Arteen in several of the clips in this second part of a retrospective of Zeinat Sedki. (سوف الراقصات الاعتراف نعيمة عاكف وفيروز  في العديد من مقاطع في هذا الجزء الثاني من معرض استعادي لمهنة الكوميدية المصرية زينات صدقي.)

Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي- a retrospective (Part 1)

This is the first part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki (1913-1978).
Born Zeinab Mosaad in Alexandra, Egypt in 1913, she attended school for only a short time as her father considered a rudimentary education to be sufficient for his daughter. At 15 she was married but the marriage didn’t last long. Following her divorce she earned a living by dancing at weddings but her family didn’t approve so she fled to Syria. On her return she met Najuib al Rihani and joined his troupe. He also changed her name from Zeinab with a ‘b’ to Zeinat with a ‘t’ to avoid confusion with a well known actress. Her surname remained the same as she’d been using Sedki since the time she left her family. Zeinat Sedki became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with, amongst many others, Farid al Atrache, bellydancers Samia Gamal and Taheya Karioka and regularly with Ismail Yassin. Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen. She died in 1978.

Samia Gamal (1952) جمال‎ سامية

Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Ma Takulshi La Hada’ (Don’t tell Anyone). The film also starred Lebanese born singer Nour Al Hoda.  The two men shown sitting at the table are Farid Al Atrache and Stefan Rosti.

Samia Gamal and Farid al Atrache (1952)

Egyptian bellydancer Samia Gamal performs in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ (Ma Takulshi la Hada ماتقولش لحد). The film starred Farid Al Atrache who is the male singer performing with her in this scene. The film also starred singer Nour Al Hoda, Stefan Rosti and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.

Samia Gamal (1951) سامية جمال

Same song, same movie as in one of the previous posts but this time the song ‘Dayman Maak’  is set in a stage show in this clip from the 1951 Egyptian romantic comedy ‘Taal salem’ (Say Hello تعال سلم).
Samia Gamal is the dancerand Farid al Atrache is the singer. Farid al Atrache plays Meshmesh, a poor singer who works as a waiter in a nightclub while waiting for his chance at the big time. Samia Gamal plays Sakra a famous bellydancer whose father (Abdel Fatah al Kassry) owns the nightclub where Meshmesh works. Meshmesh secretly loves Sakra but he knows he has no chance until, to everyone’s surprise, including his own, he inherits a fortune. The film also starred Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and a very young Farid Shawki.

Samia Gamal (1951) سامية جمال

Samia Gamal is the dancer in this clip from the 1951 Egyptian romantic comedy ‘Taal salem’ (Say Hello تعال سلم).
Farid al Atrache plays Meshmesh, a poor singer who works as a waiter in a nightclub while waiting for his chance at the big time. Samia Gamal plays Sakra a famous bellydancer whose father (Abdel Fatah al Kassry) owns the nightclub where Meshmesh works. Meshmesh secretly loves Sakra but he knows he has no chance until, to everyone’s surprise, including his own, he inherits a fortune. The film also starred Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and a very young Farid Shawki.

Samia Gamal (1952) سامية جمال‎

Samia Gamal dancing in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ (Ma Takulshi La Hada ماتقولش لحد) which starred Farid Al Atrache, singer Nour Al Hoda, Stefan Rosti and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.
The title of the music is ‘Souk El Jawaree’ and its available as an MP3 download from an old recording ‘Arabesque’ (Classics of Bellydance).