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.
This is a further scene from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘H3’ (‘Haa 3’ هاء 3) featuring Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad. The film starred Rushdi Abaza and Tawfik al Deqn who are the two men watching her.
In this film Rushdi Abaza plays Abbas, an elderly men who wants to be young again. The film tells the story of his experiences with ‘H3’, a wonder drug that can reverse the effects of growing old.
This scene’s from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘H3’ (‘Haa 3’ هاء 3) and features bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad. She both dances and acts in this movie which starred Rushdi Abaza, Soad Hosny, Maher el Attar and Tawfik al Deqn.
The film tells the story of an elderly man named Abbas (played by Abaza) and his experiences with ‘H3’, a wonder drug that can reverse the effects of growing old. Abbas is 80 years old at the start of the film and decides that he wants to be young. He goes to a clinic where he drinks a chemical mix given to him and, lo and behold, he becomes a young man again. Unfortunately his re-found youth brings him nothing but misfortune. First he falls in love with his son’s fiancée, he marries her but then he commits a murder. Abbas is eventually returned to the clinic where the formula originated, He decides to take the antidote and return to his life as an 80 year old.
Nagwa Fouad is the dancer in this scene from the 1973 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Bahth a’n Fadiha’ (Searching for a Scandal عن فضيحة البحث ). Directed by Niaza Mostafa, the film is an adaptation by Abu Saud Ebiary of ‘The Guide for the Married Man’ a US film that was released in 1967. The Egyptian version of the film tells the story of Magdi (Adel Imam) who moves to Cairo and tags along with his womaniser colleague Sami (Samir Sabri). While out one night with Sami, he meets Hanan (Mervat Amin) and asks for Sami’s advice. Sami’s advice proves to be 100% wrong.
Legendary Egyptian screen actor Yousef Wehbi gleefully plays Hanan’s intimidating father while Mimi Chakib plays her mother.
I’m told that this version where Nagwa wears purple is colourised. There is another version of the same scene which seems to have come from a dvd and, when she dances in this same scene, she’s wearing green. The movements of the extras in the audience are the same in both versions.
This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1961 Egyptian drama ‘Lematha Aish’ (‘Why I’m Living’ لماذا أعيش) which starred Shokry Sarhan, Suad Hosni and Mohsen Sarhan. The singer in this clip is Hosni Sherif.