The dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘The Slaves of the Body’ (عبيد الجسد Abid Al Jasad) is Zeinat Olwi. The film starred singer/actress Huda Sultan, her then husband Farid Shawki and Mahmoud al Meliji. The man Zeinat flirts with and who visualizes her in different costumes is Tawfik al Deqn (1924-1988).
Bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performing with Farid al Atrache in a scene from the 1956 film ‘Waddat Hobbak’ (Goodbye My Love ودعت حبك). The film also starred Ahmed Ramzy, Abdul Salam al Nabulsi, Tawfiq Al Deqn, Riad Algosby and Shadia. The film was directed by Youssef Chahine.
Zeinat Olwi dances and Muharram Fouad sings in this wedding scene from the 1966 Egyptian film ‘Al Zawj al Azeb’ (The Bachelor Husband الزوج العازب). The film starred Farid Shawki, Hind Rostom and Mahmoud al Meligi and Naemat Mokhtar who’s in a non-dancing role. This film tells the story of Ashour (Shawki) who routinely divorces one of his four current wives so he can marry any woman who takes his fancy. In this scene he’s married Hind Rostom who doesn’t yet know about the other wives. Nemat Mokhtar who was well known as a dancer plays the non-dancing role of one of the wives.
This is bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Al Naas Maqamaat’ (Class Distinctions الناس مقامات ). The film starred matinee idol Shukri Sarhan along with Mahmoud el Meligi, Doria Ahmed, Samiha Tawfik, Hind Rostom and Lebanese born actress Alwiya Gamil.
Trivia: Actors Mahmoud el Meligi and Alwiya Gamil were married from 1939 until el Meligi’s death in 1983. In 1963 el Meligi took a second wife, a young actress, but the story is that Gamil gave him a ‘her or me’ ultimatum and he quietly divorced his second wife.
Actress Leila Elwi dances in a scene from the Egyptian movie ‘Ragol Laho Madi’. The film was released in 2000 and starred two actors who are legends of Egyptian cinema, Kamal El Shanawi and Farouk El Feshawi. The film tells the story of Shaker, a hugely wealthy Egyptian who’s lived in Europe for years. On learning that he’s dying he decides to return to Egypt to find the illegitimate daughter he fathered years before. He meets Hamido whose wife is a bellydancer named Manal, the character played by Leila Elwi. Hamido asks Manal to pretend that she’s Shaker’s daughter. As Manal gets to know Shaker her conscience gets the better of her and she tells him the truth. She also shows Shaker his real daughter who has become a drug abusing prostitute. Shaker tries to rescue his daughter but she’s murdered and dies in her father’s arms.