This is Lebanese bellydancer Carineh (also spelt Karineh) performing during an outdoor show. The clip is probably from the 1990s and was originally shown on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). in this clip Carineh’s wearing a white bedlah.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Fifi Abdu appearing as Noha the bellydancer in the 1994 stage play ‘Hazzemni Ya’ (‘Tie Me Up’ حزمني يا). It’s a social comedy that tells the story of Zawawi and his wife Bahija who, together with his brothers live happily in their small rented house until the owner wants to pull it down and build a new building on the site. The play starred Hassan Hosny, Magda Zaki and Mohamed Heneidi.
Trivia: Also starring was Egyptian singer/actor Medhat Saleh who was sued by Fifi Abdu in 2003 for ‘unpaid debts’. It all got messy and Fifi Abdu subsequently sued Saleh’s former wife Shireen for slander. Eventually Fifi and Saleh were reconciled in 2006. Medhat Saleh was later engaged to Syrian singer Asala’s sister Amani (not the dancer), then they broke up as Asala and her husband opposed the union, but he married Amani anyway.
Rindala had one speed and that was flat out! Sorry about the poor quality of the clip. As with many of the clips of Lebanese dancers from the 70s-80s this was originally on an old video tape that’s been played so many times and has now been transferred to digital.
This is Lebanese bellydancer Rindala who’s best known for her full-on ‘Energiser Bunny’ style of performance that leaves the audience a bit breathless. One dancer describes Rindala as ‘…impatiently waving her time though taxims to get to the fast parts…’
Naima Akef wearing a white costume in a scene from the 1964 Egyptian colour production ‘Amir al Dahaa’ (أمير الدهاء ). Naima Akef retired shortly after making this film to care for her child and sadly she died two years later while still in her mid-30s.
The film is known as ‘The Prince of Cunning’ aka ‘The Crafty One’ aka ‘The Artful Prince’ aka ‘The Prince of Savvy’ (well, you get the idea I’m sure) and is based on French writer Alexandre Dumas’ book, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. It starred Farid Shawki, Shwaiker, Naima Akef, Tawfiq Daqn and Mahmoud Morsi.
Background: The film is a colour remake, complete with the same dialogue, of a 1950 black and white film ‘Amir el Antikam’ (‘Prince of Revenge’) which starred Anwar Wagdy. The dance scenes in the earlier movie were performed by Samia Gamal.
Movie trivia: 1. Farid Shawki who’s the star of this film, had a small part in the earlier production. 2. Both the 1950 and 1964 version of the story were directed by Henri Barakat. 3. The dubbed English language version of this film was released in the US with the grand title ‘Vengeance of the Desert’. (Thanks to Lynette of Serpentine.)