Syrian dancers

This is another song and dance scene from the 1982 Syrian film ‘Ghawar’s Empire’ (Impratoriyat Ghawar امبراطورية غوار). The film starred Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Naji Jaber (1940-2009) who are the two men sitting in the middle.
Trivia: Can anyone ID the singer please?

Lebanese dance troupe (1964)

This scene is from the 1964 film ‘A String of Pearls’ aka ‘The Pearl Necklace’ (Akh al luluعقد اللولو), a Lebanese/Syrian production which had previously been both a tv sketch and a stage play. The film starred Lebanese singer/actress Sabah along with famous Syrian comedians Durraid Lahham and Nihad al Qali. Also starring was Fahad Ballen, a popular Syrian born singer who’d moved to Egypt and worked with Farid al Atrash. Trivia: Fahad Ballen was married to Egyptian actress Mariam Fakhreddine for several years.

Syrian bellydancers Eghraa and Fitna (1964)

This scene is from a Lebanese/Syrian joint production titled, ‘The Pearl Necklace’ (Akd al Lulu عقد اللولو) which had previously been both a tv sketch and a stage play. Released in 1964, the film starred Lebanese singer/actress Sabah, Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Nihad Kalai (the two men who enter the restaurant and sit at the table) and Syrian singer Fahad Balan. The dancers in this clip are ‘real life’ sisters and their stage names are Eghraa (with the headband draping over her shoulder) and Fitna. The sisters left their home in Damascus, Syria for the bright lights of Cairo in 1958. Eghraa’s real name is Nihad Alaeddin and she went on to become a well known ‘bikini’ actress while her sister Fitna seems to have only appeared in a couple of Egyptian films in the 1960s. Fitna now veils and identifies as a conservative Muslim. She no longer mentions her bellydancing past though the two sisters still speak to each other.
Trivia: (1) In Arabic the word Eghraa means ‘seduction’. The word Fitna in Arabic has many meanings but can mean ‘temptation’.
(2) Fahad Ballan moved from Syria to Egypt and worked with Farid al Atrash. He was married for several years to actress Mariam Fakhreddine who was also a star of one of Syrian comedian Duraid Lahham’s films.

Nadia Hamdi (1975) نادية حمدي

This is Egyptian dancer Nadia Hamdi performing in the Syrian film ‘Sah al Nom’ (النوم صح Good Morning) which was released in 1975. The film starred Syrian comedian Duraid Lahhem, Nagy Gabr (1940-2009) and Nihad Kalai (1928-1992).
Background: The actor who comes in with the tray on his head is Yassin Bakoush who was killed in 2013 during the fighting in Damascus. He was 75.

Nahed Yousry (1971) ناهد يسري

Egyptian actress Nahed Yousry (ناهد يسري) dances in a scene from the 1971 Syrian movie ‘Wahid za’ed Wahid’ (One Plus One واحد + واحد). Nahed Yousry (not to be confused with Nahed Sherif) is often remembered for her ‘racy’ film roles in the early 1970s when she was based in Beirut. In 1974 she was involved in an incident, I understand it was an automobile crash, and she retired from screen acting for many years as a result. She returned eventually but retired from acting in 1990.
This film starred Suhair al Morshidi, Talan Hamdi (1941-2012) and Syrian actor/comedian Duraid Lahham.

The Great Unknown (1975)

Three uncredited dancers in a scene from the 1975 Lebanese/Syrian film ‘The Great Review’ (‘Al Esterad al Kabir’ الاستعراض الكبير ).  The film starred Lebanese singers Wadi al Safi and Samira Tawfik along with Syrian actors/comedians Yassin Bakosh and Naji Jaber who were both well known for their collaborations with Duraid Lahham.
Yassin Bakosh was killed by an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) in Damascus in February 2013.

Syrian style dance

The title doesn’t really describe the dance but the description used makes it easy for viewers to understand what they’ll see during the clip.
This scene is from a 1982 Syrian movie titled ‘Impratoriyat Ghawwar’ (Ghawwer’s Empire أمبراطورية غوار)
The film starred Syrian actor/comedian Duraid Laham as Ghawwer, a role he reprised in several films.  Also starring were Nagy Jabr, Mohamed Khair Halwani and Nihad Qal’i who was Laham’s regular co-star.
Trivia: Duraid Laham is famous in the ME.  However, he has announced his support for Syrian president Assad. Did you know that ‘al assad’ means ‘the lion’?  There is a Syrian saying about Assad’s father, who’d also been president of Syria, being the Big Lion but the son being only a Little Lion.

Pot dance (1980)

Here’s an interesting one from the Syrian film, ‘Indama Taghib al Zawjat’ (When Wives are Awayعندما تغيب الزوجات).  There are several different release dates for the film but Lahham’s own website says 1980.  The troupe of dancers are performing an Egyptian/Reda style pot dance and the music is Egyptian. The film stars Syrian actors Duraid Lahham and Nihad Qali as Ghawwar and Husni, two characters they repeated in several films.  The movie tells the story of Ghawwar and Husni  who are two security guards at a museum.  While their wives are away, they are targeted by two attractive women who try to seduce them.  Ghawwar and Husni are unaware that the women are part of a gang of thieves who want to gain access to the museum to steal a valuable statue. Liz Sarkissian is the glamorous blonde in the red dress, she’s a Lebanese/Armenian actress who was known as ‘Eman’ when she worked in Egyptian films.