The first dancer in this clip is Egyptian born Hala al Safy performing in a scene from the 1974 Egyptian film ‘Al Abtal’ (The Heroes الأبطال) which starred Farid Shawki, Ahmed Ramzy and Mona Gabr and was described as ‘Egypt’s first kung fu movie’. Hala al Safy is followed by a very brief clip of Nadia Fouad performing in the same movie. As you probably know, in 1986 Hala al Safy, whose real name is Suhayr Hasan Abdeen, renounced dance and performing. She now considers it haram (forbidden) and describes her career as a dancer as a time “I left my life in the hands of the Devil to play with…”
This is Nadia Fouad (نادية فؤاد *not* Nagwa) dancing in a scene from the 1976 film ‘Rihlat al Ayyam’ (رحلة الايام) which starred Soheir Ramzy, Samir Sabri and Emad Hamdi.
The film tells the story of Magdy and Yasmin (played by Sabri and Ramzy) who meet and marry despite the difference in their social classes – he’s ‘upstairs’, she’s ‘downstairs’. A while after they marry, Yasmin rushes to rescue her sister from a brothel but the brothel is raided while Yasmin’s inside and she’s arrested. As a result, Magdy and his family reject her. However there’s a happy ending as several years later they get back together when Magdy learns that the little mouth organ playing boy he’s befriended is his own son. While the film’s title means ‘journey of days’, a translation as ‘Life’s Journey’ probably works best.
A bit of trivia: Samir Sabri appeared in the late 1990s tv series on the life of Umm Kulthum playing the part of Anwar Wagdi.