This is Egyptian dancer Nagwa Fouad performing with a shamadan (candelabra) in a scene from the 1963 film ‘Al Qahira fel Lel‘ (Cairo by Night النادر القاهرة فى الليل). The film starred just about anyone-who-was-anyone in Egyptian movie comedy at the time: Shadia, Fouad al Mohandes, Sabah, Nadia Lotfi, The Three Stagelights (Messrs Sidhom, Ghanem and Ahmed), Hassan Fayek, Fayza Ahmed, Maha Sabry, the list goes on….
This scene is from the 1970 Egyptian comedy ‘Ferket al Mara’ (فرقة المرح literally ‘Fun Band’). The main dancer is of course Nagwa Fouad. Tthe other dancer is actress Shams al Baroudi and the singer is Mohamed Roushdi. The film also starred Tawfik al Deqn. The four sailors sitting at the table are Georges Sidhom (he drops off to sleep), Samir Ghanem, El Deif Ahmed and Ashraf Abdelghafour. Three of them, Sidhom, Ghanem and Ahmed, collectively formed Thulathi adwa’ al Masrah (the Theatre Lights Trio) appearing together in many films, plays and Ramadan tv series until El Deif Ahmed’s death in 1970 at the age of 33. Sidhom and Ghanem continued as a duo until 1982 when Sidhom retired due to ill health. Samir Ghanem has subsequently gone on to have a successful film career.
Trivia: This isn’t the entire clip unfortunately. There’s more of Nagwa dancing at the beginning but I wasn’t quick enough to switch on the ‘record’ button. There’s also at least one more performance by Nagwa in the film, also with Mohamed Rousdhi, but I’ll have to wait until the movie’s shown again.
This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad in a second performance from the 1961 Egyptian drama ‘Lematha Aish’ (‘Why I’m Living’ لماذا أعيش) which starred Shokry Sarhan, Suad Hosni and Mohsen Sarhan.
Fifi Abdu is the bellydancer in this scene from the 1975 Egyptian film ‘Mamnou fi Laylat El Dokhla’ (Forbidden on the Wedding Night ممنوع فى ليلة الدخله). Bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad plays Zoba, the soon-to-be wife of the bride’s widowed father played by Mohamed Reda. Nagwa dons a hipscarf and joins in the dancing later in the scene. The story of the film, which is a comedy, revolves around Tahseen (Adel Imam) and Mona (Soheir Ramzi) who love each other but her mother Zareefa (Nabila al Sayed) thinks Mona can do better. Zareefa is killed in an accident when she falls through an open manhole and drowns. She then appears as a ghost that only the unfortunate Tahseen can see. In this scene Tahseen and Mona have married. The singer in this scene is Egyptian born Shafik Galal (1929-2000).
Trivia: The man serving the drinks at the start of the clip is Seif Allah Mokhtar.
This clip features Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1967 Egyptian comedy “Shantet Hamza” (Hamza’s Briefcase شنطة حمزة). The film starred Amin al Heneidi in the title role and tells the story of a gang who decide to steal a briefcase belonging to a rich casino owner but end up stealing the wrong bag. The film also starred Soheir al Morshedi, Lebleba and Abdelmonem Madbouli who was one of the film’s writers.
This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad performing in a further scene (there’s an earlier scene posted below) from the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Seraa al Mohtarefin’ (‘Battle of the Professionals’ or ‘Professional Conflict’ صراع المحترفين). The film starred Rushdi Abaza, Naglaa Fathi and Kawthar Shafik.
Trivia: The star of this film, Rushdi Abaza, was married to dancer Tahiya Karioka and later to married to Samia Gamal. His 1977 marriage to Lebanese singer Sabah lasted less than a week as he was still married to Samia Gamal at the time.
This is Egyptian dancer (and later in her career, actress) Nagwa Fouad, performing in a scene from the 1969 film ‘Seraa al Mohtarefin’ (Battle of the Professionals or Professional Conflict صراع المحترفين). The film starred Rushdi Abaza and Naglaa Fathi who are the couple sitting on the sofa. Also starring were Tawfik al Deqn and Kawthar Shafik.
There’s something for everyone including some khaleegi, in this performance by Egyptian dance legend Nagwa Fouad. The clip is in two parts.
This is Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1972 Egyptian comedy film ‘Adwaa el Madina’ (City Lights أضواء المدينة) which starred Shadia, Ahmad Mazhar, Adel Imam, Ibrahim Saafan and Abdel Monem Ibrahim. Despite having big stars, many songs and a big budget, the film failed to make an impact with audiences.
This clip of Nagwa Fouad is such a ‘golden oldie’ that I’d forgotten I even had it! The clip itself is not great quality but that’s all we had back in the day and as with many of my older clips, its been converted from a VHS tape to mpg format. I’ve cut out the worst of the colour changes and the picture rolling.
The clip starts with the backing dancers performing a fellaheen piece and then Nagwa Fouad performs in a green and purple outfit.