Nemat Mokhtar dances in a second scene from the 1955 comedy “Ismail Yassine Meets Raya and Sekina” (اسماعيل يس يقابل ريا وسكينة) starring comedian Ismail Yassine, Negma Ibrahim, Zouzou Hamdy el Hakim and Riad El Kasabgy. In this scene which is towards the end of the film,she’s drugged and is about to become one of their victims.
The film is based very loosely on actual events in Alexandria, Egypt in the early 20th century. Raya and Sekina were serial killers who, with their husbands’ Hasaballah and Abdel-Al, murdered at least 17 women for their jewellery and money. If you’re interested in the background story, check out the English language archives of ‘Al Ahram’ Weekly http://weekly.ahram.org.eg.
Trivia: the name of the newspaper, ‘Al Ahram’ means ‘the pyramids’ in Arabic.
Nemat Mokhtar dances in a scene from a 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ismail Yassin meets Raya and Sekina” ( إسماعيل يس يقابل ريا وسكينة ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Negma Ibrahim, Zouzou Hamdy El Hakim, Abdel Fattah Qasri and Riyad El Kasabgy. The film is (very) loosely based on the true story of Raya and Sekina, two women who, with the aid of their husbands Hasaballah and Abdel Al, killed at least 17 women in the poorest part of Alexandria, Egypt in the early 1920s. In this film Ismail and his fiancée accidently end up in the house of Raya and Sekina. He escapes and goes to the police but they don’t believe him and throw him into jail where he meets one of the gang who agrees to help him. They go to Raya and Sekina’s house and at the end of the film the police arrest the gang.
If you’re interested in the background of the true story, check out the archives of ‘Al Ahram’ Weekly http://weekly.ahram.org.eg.
Trivia: The name of the newspaper, ‘Al Ahram’ means ‘the pyramids’ in Arabic.
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.
Nemat Mokhtar in a scene from ‘Ibn al Shaytan (‘Son of the Devil’ or ‘Son of Satan’ ابن الشيطان ) a 1969 film starring Farid Shawki, Mahmoud al Meligi and Naglaa Fathi.
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, who targets men who remarry after leaving their families. Mahmoud al Meliji plays the local innkeeper who is eventually revealed to be the killer.
Naemat Mokhtar dances in a scene from the 1957 Egyptian film ‘Ibn Hamido’ ( ابن حميدو ) and again demonstrates her incredible back flexibility. The film starred Ismail Yassin and Ahmed Ramzi who are the two men shown sitting at the front table. Hind Rostom also starred and the support cast included Abdel Fatah al Kassri, Riad al Kasabgy, Zeinat Sedki, Tawfik al Dein (wearing the fez and leaning on the bar) and Wedad Hamdy. Nelly Mazloum is in the mix there somewhere too. The film was directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab.