Taheya Karioka (1959)

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Beit al Ward’ (بياعة الورد ‘House of the Rose’ but usually titled ‘The Florist’). The film starred Samiha Ayoub as Ward (Rose) a florist who becomes involved in the turbulent relationship between Imtithal (Karioka) and Ezzat (Mohsen Sarhan).

Taheya Karioka (1951) كاريوكا‎ تحية

Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the 1951 Egyptian film ‘Khada’ani Abi’ (My Father Tricked Me خدعني أبي) which starred Mahmoud Zulfikar (also spelt Zou El Faqqar) along with Lebanese diva Sabah and Stefan Rosti.  The male singer in this clip is Mahmoud Shekuku.

Taheya Karioka (1955) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is legendary bellydancer and actress Taheya Karioka in the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ahl al Hawa’ (People of Love اهل الهوى). In this film she played dual roles as both a ruthless gold digger and a kind hearted dancer. The film also starred Shukry Sarhan, Mahmoud El Meliji, Stefan Rosti and Shekuku.

Taheya Karioka (1952) تحية كاريوكا

Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ). The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life while her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy. Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend and is divorced. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family.
The film starred just about anyone-who-was-anyone in Egyptian cinema at that time: Faten Hamama, Mahmoud al Meliji, Fardous Mohamed, Farid Shawki, Hussein Riad, Aziza Helmy, Shukri Sarhan, Omar al Gizawy and Thuraya Fahkri.

Taheya Karioka (1951) كاريوكا تحية

Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the Egyptian film “Hamati Kombola Zorria” (My Mother-in-Law is an Atomic Bomb حماتى قنبلة ذرية ) which was released in October 1951 (or in 1952 on other sites). She starred in the film along with legendary Egyptian comedienne Marie Munib who’s the mother-in-law of the film’s title. Also starring were Shadia, Wedad Hamdi and Ismail Yassin who’s the man wearing the sombrero at the start of the clip.

Taheya Karioka (1952) تحية كاريوكا‎

Taheya Karioka dances in a nightclub scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ).  The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life.  Her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy.  Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend, is divorced and the child is taken from her. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family.  Also starring were Mahmoud el Meliji,, Shokry Sarhan, Fardous Mohamed, Hussain Riad and Farid Shawki.

Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي – a retrospective (Part 2)

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.)

Zeinat Sedki زينات صدقي- a retrospective (Part 1)

This is the first part of a retrospective in Arabic of the career of Egyptian comedienne Zeinat Sedki (1913-1978).
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 daughter. 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. Her surname remained the same as she’d been using Sedki since the time she left her family. Zeinat Sedki became a regular face on Arabic movie screens appearing with, amongst many others, Farid al Atrache, bellydancers Samia Gamal and Taheya Karioka and regularly with Ismail Yassin. Unfortunately in her later years she had little work and as a result, disappeared from the screen. She died in 1978.

Taheya Karioka (1959) كاريوكا تحية

If you ever wanted a film that stirs up fond memories and has so many Arabic people saying ‘Oh, I remember seeing that…’, then this is the one. Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1959 Egyptian drama ‘Hob Hatta Alibeh’ ( حب حتى العبادة). The film’s title is translated as ‘Sublime Amour’ which even for 1959, is rather archaic language. ‘Sublime Amour’ sounds like the name of a cheap perfume. The words used in the title could mean ‘Love even (or until) Worship’. The film centres around union activity in a factory but there’s a love story too. Taheya Karioka starred along with Salah Zulfikar, Zizi al Badrawi, Riad Hussain, Omar Hariri and Zuzu Nabil. The music she dances to was written by Fouad al Zahery (فؤاد الظاهرى1915-1988) whose compositions can be heard in many Egyptian films.

Taheya Karioka (1958) تحية كاريوكا‎

Legendary Egyptian bellydancer Taheya Karioka in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Habibi Al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر). Taheya shared top billing in this movie with Samia Gamal and actors Shukri Sarhan and Youssef Wehbi. The music for the movie was composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.