This is Hoda Shams El Din – aka Houda Shams El Den aka Hoda Shems Eldin aka Hoda Shamseddine – performing in a scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Kabtan Misr’ (‘The Captain of Egypt’ or ‘Captain Egypt’ كابتن مصر ). The film centres around Boushkash (بوشكاش) played by Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin, who joins a football team. The couple dancing with the jug on their heads are the film’s stars Ismail Yassin and Zeinat Sedki. Also starring were Mary Munib and Mahmoud el Meliji. The male singer in this scene is Mohamed el Kahlawy.
This dancer is Hoda Shams El Din (also spelt Shamseddine). If you’ve ever wondered what a bellydance costume would look like with a giant pretzel on the front of the belt, here’s your answer. Someone pointed out on TheCaroVan that its actually a snake motif and that Hoda’s wearing a matching snake on her arm. Yikes, I’m not sure what’s worse, a pretzel or a snake!
The scene is from the 1954 film ‘An American from Tanta’ (أمريكانى من طنطا ) which starred Firdous Mohamed and Kariman along with Riad Hussein, Abdul Moneim Ibrahim, Wedad Hamdy and Shukry Sarhan. During the performance close-ups of the reactions of two women in the audience are shown. Kariman is the woman with the longer hair