Nagwa Fouad (1963) نجوى فؤاد

Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1963 Egyptian film ‘El Majneen fi Naim’ (Madmen in Paradise المجانين فى نعيم).  She enters wearing a melaya and as the scene progresses she even does The Twist.  The film starred Rushdy Abaza who’s the man she dances with in this scene.  Co-starring were Stefan Rosti, Zeinat Sedki, Mimi Shakeeb and Ismail Yassin.

Nagwa Fouad (1959) نجوىفؤاد

This is a second performance by bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad from the 1959 Egyptian film “Ismail Yassin fil tayyaran” (Ismail Yassin in the Air Force إسماعيل يس في الطيران) which starred comedian Ismail Yassin playing twins named Hussein and Ismail. One of the twins is a fighter ace in the air force while the second twin works for a movie company. The second twin falls in love with a dancer named Suhair (Nagwa) and hopes that by impersonating his more successful twin he will win her heart.

Nagwa Fouad (1959) نجوى فؤاد‎

Nagwa Fouad dancing in a scene from the 1959 film “Ismail Yassin fil tayyaran” (Ismail Yassin in the Air Force إسماعيل يس في الطيران) which starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin playing twins named Hussein and Ismail.  One of the twins is a fighter ace in the air force while the second twin works for a movie company.  The second twin falls in love with a dancer (Nagwa) and hopes that by impersonating his more successful twin he will win her heart.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a couple of scenes from the 1961 Egyptian comedy, ‘Ashour kalb el assad’ (Ashour the Lionhearted عاشور قلب الأسد ) which starred Abdel Salem al Nabulsi (in the title role), Rushdi Abaza, Abdel Menam Ibrahim, Zahrat al Ola and Adib El Tarabolsi as the Mad Professor who’s the cause of the itching outbreak at the end of the clip.

 

 

Sabah with Najwa Fouad’s dancers (1977)

Sometimes films can be so confusing! This is Lebanese singer Sabah’s performance in the Nagwa Fouad film from 1977 titled ‘The Magic Lamp’.  The credits at the start of the film say ‘The Magic Lamp’ in Arabic ‘Al Mesbah al Sehri’ (المصباح السحري) BUT the film is listed in all the databases as being titled ‘Mirrors’. And Nagwa Fouad does dance in front of mirrors in a red bedlah during the credits, but that performance is not shown in this film. Also shown during the opening credits are the scenes where she dances on a boat but that performance is in another movie. Anyway, this film starred Younes Shalaby with guest spots by Saudi singer Mohamed Abdu, Lebanese singer Sabah as shown and Egyptian singer Hany Shaker and is basically a series of tableaus joined together by a bit of dialogue….not that there’s anything wrong with that LOL.
And all this is despite the references to magic lamps throughout this film. Ah well, what to do…..

Nagwa Fouad (1977) نجوى فؤاد‎

One of Egyptian bellydancer Nagwa Fouad’s performances in the 1977 film ‘Mirrors’ (المرايات) which also starred Younes Shalabi, Esaad Younes, Waheid Seif and Nagah al Mogy. Singers Mohamed Abdu from Saudi, Sabah from Lebanon and Hany Shaker all made guest appearances .
Trivia: Much confusion about this film as the credits title it as ‘Al Mesbah al Sahar’ (The Magic Lamp).

Nagwa Fouad نجوى فؤاد‎ Melaya Leff

So ‘over the top’ its down the other side 🙂 This scene features Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad and is from the film ‘Al Mesbah al Sahar’ (The Magic Lamp, also called Mirrors) which starred Younes Shalaby.

Nagwa Fouad and Mohamed Abdo (1977)

The dancer in this tableau is of course Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad and the singer is Saudi vocalist Mohamed Abdo who’s so youthful and without his trademark moustache that I didn’t recognise him 🙂
This scene’s from the 1977 Egyptian film ‘The Magic Lamp’ (also known as ‘Mirrors’). I guess we’ll have to call this piece ‘fusion’ as it has khaleeji music, a singer wearing a dishdash, dancers doing a ‘sort of’ debke and its in a bedouin setting (with a live camel) but the costumes are a mix of Saidi and hagallah.

Nagwa Fouad (1960)

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Inni Ataham’ (Accused) which starred Emad Hamdy, Mohsen Sarhan, Doria Ahmed and Salah Zulfikar. In this scene Nagwa dances to the M.A. Wahab song ‘Aziza’. The girl in the hospital bed is actress Zubaida Tharwat playing Naima, who’s recovering after being run down by a motorcyclist.