Taheya Karioka and Gina (1942)

 

 

This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man, co-incidentally named Farid, who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham (Madiha Yousri). He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano.  Elham’s parents have both died and now she lives with her aunt played by the wonderful Marie Munib.  Taheya Karioka plays Bahia, a dancer who tries but fails to make Farid fall in love with her.  The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares.
Trivia: The ‘Haaretz’ newspaper in Israel reports that in September 1962 the Edison Theatre in Jerusalem screened the Farid al Atrache film “Eternal Melody”(Lahn al khulud”). The audience was incensed to discover that Farid’s songs were not presented in their entirety in the movie and demanded their money back. When this was refused they smashed seats and broke windows in the theatre lobby.

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Galeela Mahmoud (1993) جليلة محمود

 

This is Egyptian actress Galeela Mahmoud dancing for Sami Sarhan in a scene from the 1993 film “Al Hareban” (The Fugitives الهاربان). The film also starred Samir Ghanem along with Noura (who’s Poussy’s cousin) and Amal Ibrahim.

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?

Nadia Arslan (1984) نادية أرسلان

This is actress Nadia Arslan (نادية أرسلان) dancing in the 1984 Egyptian film ‘حتى لايطير الدخان’ (Hatta la Yateer al Dokhan ‘That the Smoke May Not Blow Away’ or ‘As Not to Blow the Smoke’) which starred Adel Imam who’s also in this scene. Born as Hind Arslan in Lebanon in 1949, she won a beauty contest and shortly afterwards moved to Egypt. She started her Egyptian screen acting career in 1971 and, after marrying a fellow actor, retired from screen roles in 1987. After becoming very religious she expressed regret for her acting career. Nadia Arslan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and died in 2008.
Also starring in the film were Soheir Ramzy, Sanaa Shafea and Fekry Abaza and the film was based on a novel by Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous (1919 –1990).

Ezzat al Alayli (1992) عزت العلايلي

 

This scene is from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘El Fas fi el Ras’ (الفاس فى الرأس ) and features dancing by Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaily (عزت العلايلي). The film also starred actresses Abla Kamal and Leila Elwi who is the lady in the crowd.
The title of the movie in Arabic means literally, ‘An axe in the head’ but what it means here is a situation that can’t go back to normal or possibly, due to the story of the movie, a little misdeed that made a big misdeed possible. In French the film was released as ‘Le Ver dans le Fruit’ meaning literally ‘a worm in the fruit’.
The movie’s story is set in Upper Egypt and much of the filming was done around Esna, Egypt about 50 kms from Luxor. Esna is most famous for its Nile River locks and this is the place where local vendors throw their wares up to tourists on the Nile ferries.
Trivia: French poet Paul Verlaine used the expression ‘Le ver dans le fruit…’ in his 1866 poem ‘Nevermore’.

Nahid Sabri (1962)

Nahid Sabri (صبري ناهد) is the dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film “Youm Bela Ghad“ (غد بلا يوم A Day without (a) Tomorrow). Born in 1925 in Tanta, Egypt, Nahed Sabri and her sister went to the bright lights of Cairo where Nahed became a pupil of Nelly Mazloum. She was given her big break by Hussein Fawzi an Egyptian film director who was married to Naima Akef at one point. Nahid Sabri travelled to the US where she lived for several years before returning to Egypt. She later renounced dancing and closed her dance schools.
The film starred Syrian born singer, composer and oud player Farid al Atrache, along with Mariam Fakreddine and Zaki Rostom.

Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed (هاجر حمدى & حورية محمد)

The two dancers in this clip are Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed. The singers with them are Mohamed Salman who does the mawal, and he’s followed by Mohamed al Kahlawy.
Trivia: Lebanese born singer Mohamed Salman was married to Najah Salam.