Syrian dancers (1982)

This scene is from the 1982 Syrian film ‘Ghawar’s Empire’ (Impratoriyat Ghawwar امبراطورية غوار) which starred Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Naji Jaber (1940-2009).

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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.

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.