Nemat Mokhtar (1969) نعمت مختار

Nemat Mokhtar performs in a wedding scene from the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Ibn al Shaytan (‘Son of the Devil’ or ‘Son of Satan’ ابن الشيطان ). The film tells the story of a local policeman played by Farid Shawki who is trying to track down a mysterious killer known as The Son of Satan. The killer targets men who remarry after leaving their wives and children and in this scene the groom is the killer’s target . Mahmoud al Meliji plays the local innkeeper who is eventually revealed to be the killer.

Nemat Mokhtar (1964) نعمت مختار

This is a scene from the Egyptian film ‘Bayn al Qasrayn’ (Between two Palaces بين قصرين) which was released in 1964. The dancer in this scene is Nemat Mokhtar.
The film is based on the first book of the Cairo Trilogy written by Egyptian born Naguib Mahfouz who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. Published in Arabic in 1956 with the title ‘Bayn al Qasrayn’ (Between Two Palaces) the first book was translated into English in 1990 when it was given its better known title, Palace Walk. The three books; Palace Walk, Palace of Desire (released in Arabic in 1957) and Sugar Street (also released in Arabic in 1957), tell the story of three generations of the el Gawad family who live in Cairo. The story starts during Egypt’s occupation by British forces in 1917 and continues until 1944.
Starring in the film was Yahia Shaheen as El Sayed Ahmed Abdel Gawad, a man who rules his family with an iron fist but after dark he’s leading a life of hedonism and self indulgence. Also starring were Maha Sabri, Abdelmonem Ibrahim and Ezzat el Alaili.

Nemat Mokhtar نعمت مختار (1956)

Nemat Mokhtar dances in a scene from the 1956 Egyptian film ‘Sahifat al sawabeq’ (Criminal Record صحيفة السوابق). One of the backing dancers is Ellen Diato.
The film starred Sabah, Kamal al Shennawi, Mahmoud al Meliji and Siraj Munir. Kamal al Shennawi’s character Waheed has turned his back on a life of crime. He’s looking forward to a future with his family and a regular job until an old crony reappears to destroy his happiness by revealing his shady past.
Movie trivia: While she’s not in this particular scene, Egyptian screen actress Soheir Ramzy makes her screen debut in this film as a 6 year old. Soheir Ramzy is the daughter of a famous Egyptian actress, Doria Ahmed.

Nemat Mokhtar (1962) نعمت مختار

Nemat Mokhtar is the dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Fursan al Thalata’ (The Three Musketeers الفرسان الثلاثة). The film starred Ismail Yassin, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi, Mahmoud al Meliji and Leila Hamdy.

Nemat Mokhtar (1954) نعمت مختار

Nemat Mokhtar dances in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian drama ‘Qaryat al Usshaq’ (Village Lovers قرية العشاق) which starred Yehia Shahine and Magda.
Nemat Mokhtar’s film career including appearances in around 40 movies. She retired in the mid 1970s to focus on raising her family. She died in 1989 at the age of 57.

Nemat Mokhtar (1954) نعمت مختار

Egyptian bellydancer Nemat Mokhtar in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian movie ‘Al Anisa Hanafi’ (Miss Hanafi الآنسه حنفى), Ismail Yassin (who is the bride in this scene), plays the chauvinistic Hanafi who lives with his father (Abdel Fatah Al Kasri ), his stepmother (the wonderful Zeinat Sedki) and his cousin (Magda). His father forces him into a marriage of convenience with his cousin though she already loves someone else and this scene takes place at their wedding. On the wedding night complaining of abdominal pain Hanafi’s admitted to hospital and mistakenly undergoes a sex change.