This is Alexandria born dancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film “This is Love” (Haza Howa al Hob هذا هو الحب ). Zeinat Olwi had an unhappy childhood and left Alexandria to move to Cairo. She started as one of Badia Masabni’s background dancers eventually becoming a soloist. She then moved on to dance with singer-comedian Shekuku. She made numerous film appearances initially in speaking roles but, as she considered herself a dancer first and foremost, she reverted to dancing roles only. Her final movie appearance was in 1969 in the film ‘Sabah Al Kheir ya Zawjati al Aziza’. This film was directed by Salah Abu Seif, an Egyptian director whose credits included “Shabab Emraa”(A Woman’s Youth 1956) which starred Taheya Karioka and “Al Wahsh”(The Monster 1954) starring Samia Gamal. Performances from all these movies can also be seen on this channel.
In this scene from “This is Love”, the unhappy bride is played by Lubna Abdelaziz while the mother of the bride sitting to her right is Fardous Mohamed. The distraught man is Yahia Shehin and with him are Mary Munib, Abdelmonem Ibrahim and, I think, Mahmoud Azmi. Meanwhile, the fathers’ of the bride and groom participate in the nikah ceremony.
The dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘The Slaves of the Body’ (عبيد الجسد Abid Al Jasad) is Zeinat Olwi. The film starred singer/actress Huda Sultan, her then husband Farid Shawki and Mahmoud al Meliji. The man Zeinat flirts with and who visualizes her in different costumes is Tawfik al Deqn (1924-1988).
This is Egyptian dancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1953 drama ‘Aabid al Mal’ (‘Slaves of Money’ عبيد المال). The film starred Farid Shawki, Mahmoud al Meliji, Faten Hamam and Emad Hamdi.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1969 film ‘Good morning dear wife’ (Sabah Al Kheir ya Zawjati al Aziza’ صباح الخير يا زوجتي العزيزة) which starred Salah Zulfikar, Nelly and Taheya Karioka in an acting role.
Zeinat Olwi is the dancer in this scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Souq al Selah’ (The Arms Market سوق السلاح). The female singer is Hoda Sultan. The film also starred Hoda Sultan’s then husband Farid Shawki along with Mahmoud al Meliji and Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer).
Actress and singer Huda Sultan (1925-2006) was the sister of renowned composer-singer-actor Mohamed Fawzi. She was Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki’s third wife, the couple being married between 1951–1969.
Trivia: Actor Farid Shawki was married to a bellydancer named Saneya Shawki for 5 or 6 years in the late 1940s. If you’d like to see Saneya Shawki performing, there’s a clip of her on this channel.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Fael Khair’ (The Benefactor). Like many bellydancers of that time Zeinat Olwi started out working in the nightclub of Badia Masabni first as a chorus line dancer and later as a soloist. A lifelong heavy smoker, Zeinat died in 1988 following a massive heart attack.
The film starred Sabah (with the handbag looking out the window), Ismail Yassine (in the beige jacket in the front row at the men’s party and also in drag, second from left, at the women’s party) and Zomoroda (the woman sitting in the car. Her name means ‘Emerald’). The singer in this clip is Mohammed Fawzi. He was the brother of actress Huda Sultan and composer of the music for the Algerian national anthem.
Zeinat Olwi dances and Muharram Fouad sings in this wedding scene from the 1966 Egyptian film ‘Al Zawj al Azeb’ (The Bachelor Husband الزوج العازب). The film starred Farid Shawki, Hind Rostom and Mahmoud al Meligi and Naemat Mokhtar who’s in a non-dancing role. This film tells the story of Ashour (Shawki) who routinely divorces one of his four current wives so he can marry any woman who takes his fancy. In this scene he’s married Hind Rostom who doesn’t yet know about the other wives. Nemat Mokhtar who was well known as a dancer plays the non-dancing role of one of the wives.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian movie ‘Ishaet Hob’ (Rumour of Love or Training for Love إشاعة حب) which starred Omar Sharif just before he hit the big time in Hollywood in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Also starring were Soad Hosny, Youssef Wehbi, Hind Rostom and Abdel Monem Ibrahim.
Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1958 drama ‘Kahraman’ (كهرمان) which starred Huda Sultan, Yehia Shaheen and Abdel Menan Ibrahim.
Trivia: The film’s title ‘Kahraman’ means amber.