Gawaher (1954) جواهر

This is Lebanese born dancer Gawaher performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Tahya al-rijjalah’ (Long Live Men تحيا الرجالة ) which starred Karem Mahmoud, Abdel Salam al Nabulsi, Zeinat Sedki, Shekuku and Samiha Tawfik. The man in the front row of the audience in this scene is Abdel Fattah al Kassri.

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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.

Zeinat Sedki (1956) زينات صدقى

This is a rare clip of Egyptian actress/comedienne Zeinat Sedki dancing. The scene is from the 1956 Egyptian comedy ‘Sahibat al Azama’ (The Great Lady) (صاحبة العصمة ) but more about the movie later, first the dancer.
Zeinat Sedki was born Zeinab Mohamed Mosaad in Alexandria in 1913.  She was married at 15 then shortly afterwards divorced. To support herself she started working as a bellydancer at local weddings and moulids. Her family’s disapproval forced her to move to Syria for a time.  On returning to Egypt she started working for Badi’a Masabni and her name was changed from Zeinab to Zeinat to avoid confusion with an actress with a similar name. Her film career took off and for many years she was regularly amongst the group of actors working with comedian Ismail Yassin in many of his movies. She died in 1978.
Back to this movie: ‘Sahibat Al Azama’ starred Ismail Yassin as Ghazel and Tahia Karioka as Munira, his rich second wife.  The story of the film is that Ghazel and Munira decide to adopt a child and Ghazel ensures that the child is his son from his previous marriage to Zeinat Sedki’s character. Sedki then works as a nanny in her ex-husband’s house so she can still raise her son. When the upper class wife finds out, she poisons the son and frames his mother. Happy ending though as Munira is found guilt of the crime and we’re left with the feeling that the parents reunite. The excellent supporting cast includes Zeinat Sedki herself along with Hassan Fayek, Abdel Ghani El Nagdi and Abdel Hamid Zaky.
Zeinat Sedki’s philosophy of life was “Those who consider it (life) a comedy live longer as they enjoy each and every minute in their lives.”

Zuzu Mohamed (1952) زوزو محمد

Little known Egyptian bellydancer Zuzu Mohamed dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Beit al Nattash’ which starred Ismail Yassin, Abdel Fatah el Kasary, Shadia, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Salam al Nabulsi. The singer is Abbas al Blaidi who was not only a singer but also an accomplished oud player and composer. If you’re in a hurry, Zuzu Mohamed (who is fabulous!) comes onstage at .27.