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.

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Hayatem (Egypt)

Alexandria born Hayatim first made her name as a dancer. She has appeared in numerous Egyptian movies, initially as a bellydancer who did a bit of acting but 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 sometimes eye searing ‘special effects’ that often featured in her videos. Hayatim oozes confidence and assurance but its not an ‘in-your-face’ aggression that we see from some of today’s dancers. Hayatem’s style is relaxed and fluid and she doesn’t attempt to beat the music to death.
She was featured in a series of Egyptian bellydance VHS tapes that introduced many Western dancers to famous Egyptian dancers such as Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Mona al Said and Hala al Safy.

Hayatim (1989) هياتم

This is Egyptian dancer Hayatim performing in a scene from the 1989 movie ‘Al Wohoush al Saghera’ (الوحوش الصغيرة Little Monsters). The movie starred actor Farouk el Feshawi and Soheir Ramzy who’s the woman in white who briefly dances with Hayatim.

Hayatim (1978) هياتم

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Alexandrian born dancer and actress Hayatem in a nightclub scene from ‘Intabihu Ayyuha Al Sada’ (Beware, Gentlemen) which starred Mahmoud Yassin, Hussein Fahmi, Nahed Sharif and Kareem Abdul Aziz. Filmed in 1978 but not released until 1980, the movie tells the story of an engaged couple who’re looking for a flat (apartment) in Cairo. Jalal’s a university professor and Ayda is his fiancée. By chance they meet Antar who used to remove the rubbish from the local mosque but who’s now wealthy. Ayda’s mother considers Antar to be a better match for her daughter as he is rich, unlike the professor. Over the course of the film she persuades her daughter to ditch the professor and marry Antar. In the final scene Antar and his new bride, the professor’s former fiancée, leave their wedding reception at a nightclub in Pyramid Road and they’re confronted by the professor. In this scene we see that the professor has lost not only his fiancée but also his sanity.  To quote Relli Shechter “His professorship at Cairo University and the five philosophy books he has written are of no use when he needs to buy an apartment.”
*Relli Shechter ‘Consumerism and Its Malcontents in the Emergence of Egyptian Market Society’ Published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, April 2009

Hayatim (1976) هياتم

Egyptian bellydancer and actress Hayatim performs in a scene from the 1976 film ‘Al Kull Yeheb’ (Everyone Loves الكل يحب) which starred Mervat Amin, Nour al Sharif and Taghreid El Beshbishy.
The less we say about the size C chest in the size B bra though the better……

Hayatem (1981) هياتم

Egyptian actress and bellydancer Hayatem in a scene from the 1981 drama ‘Al Wahsh Dakhel al Insan’ (The Beast Within Mankind الوحش داخل الإنسان).  The film is often referred to as ‘Al Wahsh Dakhel’ or ‘The Beast Within’.  The English translation of the credits on the film itself refers to it as simply ‘The Beast’.  If you want a film that shows Egyptian rural life in much of its gritty reality, this is a good film to see.

Anyway moving along, the film starred Nahed Sherif, Mahmoud Yaseen and Said Saleh in the story of Sodfa (Sherif) who is married to her mentally challenged cousin Sayed but is in love with Mahmoud (Yaseen). Long story short, Mahmoud kills Sayed and marries Sodfa, they both have tortured consciences, various incriminating letters are written, the dead husband’s mother overhears a confession, she has a stroke and is paralysed, the dancer is killed and Mahmoud and Sodfa drown together when their car crashes into the harbour.
Trivia: No surprise then that the film is based on the gloom ridden novel ‘Thérèse Raquin’ by Emil Zola.