The dancer in this scene is Egyptian born Samia Gamal performing in the 1951 film “The Beauty’s Cheek” (Al Ghad al Gamil خد الجميل). The singers are in a group sitting at the table dressed in pseudo-Lebanese garb and they come up to join her individually. In order of performance the singers are Suad Makkawi, Mahmoud Shekuku, and Abdel Aziz Mohamed. The film also starred Marie Munib and Hassan Fayek.
The dancer in this scene is Egyptian born Samia Gamal performing in the 1951 film ‘The Beauty’s Cheek’ (Al Ghad al Gamil خد الجميل). The singers are in a group sitting at a table dressed in pseudo-Lebanese garb and they come up to join her individually. In order of performance the singers are Suad Makkawi, Shekuku, and Abdel Aziz Mohamed. The film also starred Marie Munib and Hassan Fayek.
In this scene legendary Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal performs with Lebanese born singer Sabah. The scene is from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Al Rajol al Thani’ (The Second Man الرجل الثاني) which also starred Salah Zulfikar and Rushdi Abaza.
Its interesting to see Samia Gamal, Sabah and Rushdi Abaza in the same film. As you probably know, Egyptian actor Rushdi Abaza was married to Samia Gamal from 1958 to 1977 but he married Sabah in 1977 prior to the end of his marriage to Gamal. The Sabah-Abaza marriage lasted less than a week as, according to Sabah, he’d omitted to tell her that he was still legally married to Samia. Nobody really seems to know the truth. Did Sabah and Abaza had a mut’ah which is a legal though temporary marriage, known over here as ‘The 5 Minute Marriage’? Or did he just like dancers as he’d previously been married to Taheya Karioka. Who knows?
This is the third dance by Samia Gamal from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). The actor by the lantern is Yahia Shaheen.
This is Samia Gamal performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). In this film she plays Zahrah who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised by the tribe of rustlers and thieves. The film also starred Yahia Shaheen and famous Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki plays Hamdan the leader of the thieves. This clip features Tunisian singer and actress Hassiba Rochdi who plays Nadia, Hamdan’s mistress. The male singer performing with her in this clip is Mohamed Abdel Muttalib.
Trivia 1: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’.
Trivia 2:The film was directed by Egyptian born filmmaker Gianni Vernuccio who’d left Egypt when young to return to Italy where he went to university. He returned to Egypt briefly to direct a couple of films including this one. Apparently he was in Italy at the end of WWII and filmed the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress.
This is Egyptian legend Samia Gamal dancing in a third clip from the 1950 Egyptian movie ‘Akher Kedba’ (The Last Lie آخر كدبة). The male singer is Syrian born Farid al Atrache who was her partner both on and off screen for many years. Appearing with them in part of the clip is Ismail Yassin who was a famous Egyptian comedian. Like many other entertainers of that era, Ismail Yassin started his career in the nightclub of Badia Masabni. The film tells the story of Samir and Samira (al Atrache and Gamal). Samira is jealous of Kiki another bellydancer. Kiki gives Samir a broken necklace and asks him to arrange for its repair. Samira finds the necklace and thinks its a gift for her from Samir. In due course Kiki asks for her necklace back!
The film also starred Stefan Rosti, Ismail Yassin, Aziz Othman and Camelia.
Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film ‘Habibi al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر ).
The film starred Tahia Karioka as Zakia and Samia Gamal as Samra and told the story of two bellydancers and their relationships with the men in their lives. Also starring were Youssef Wehbi, Mahmoud al Meligi and Shukry Sarhan and the film was directed by the legendary Niazi Mostafa. The film’s music, including the famous theme song, was composed by Mohamed Abdul Wahab.
This scene is from the 1955 Egyptian drama ‘Thawrat al Madina’ (Revolution in the City or A Town’s Revolt ثورة المدينة ) which starred Sabah as Fatima, Mohamed Fawzi as Ahmed and Hussein Riad as Fatima’s father. In this scene, the young Fatima (played by Doha Amir) and her father have gone to the cinema to watch the 1950 movie ‘Amir el entikam’. In the scene they’re watching the dancer performing in the film is Samia Gamal.
In the end the father can’t prevent his daughter sitting next to either one or other of the unrelated boys so the father puts on his fez and he and his daughter leave the theatre in the middle of the film.
This is a promo piece shown on tv here in Qatar featuring quick clips of many of the ‘big name’ bellydancers from the Golden Era.
This is the second part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki. If you’re interested in the history of Egyptian cinema, Zeinat Sedki and the actors she worked with are an integral part of that development. I’ll put up a translation eventually 🙂 Born Zeinab Mosaad in Alexandra, Egypt in 1913, she attended school for only a short time as her father considered a rudimentary education to be sufficient for his daughters. At 15 she was married but the marriage didn’t last long. Following her divorce she earned a living by dancing at weddings but her family didn’t approve so she fled to Syria. On her return she met Najuib al Rihani and joined his troupe. He also changed her name from Zeinab with a ‘b’ to Zeinat with a ‘t’ to avoid confusion with a well known actress. She became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with Yousef Wehbi and often with Ismail Yassine. Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen. Zeinat Sedki died in 1978.
Dancers will recognise Naima Akef and Fairouz Arteen in several of the clips in this second part of a retrospective of Zeinat Sedki. (سوف الراقصات الاعتراف نعيمة عاكف وفيروز في العديد من مقاطع في هذا الجزء الثاني من معرض استعادي لمهنة الكوميدية المصرية زينات صدقي.)