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Dance In Egyptian Movies

by Shira and Maria

 

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Shira's List

This list identifies Egyptian movies that Shira has seen (or has seen clips from) which contain dance scenes. They are arranged chronologically by year of release.

Movie Title

Year

Dancer

To Buy

Comments

Dr. Farhat 1935 Tahia Carioca    
Ghafir Al Darak (The Policeman) 1936 ?    
Bohboh Fi Baghdad (Bohboh in Bagdad) 1942 Houriya Mohamed    
Aheb el Ghalat (I Love This Mistake) 1942 Tahia Carioca    
Al-Khamsa Gneih (The Five Pounds) 1946     The credits don't identify the dancer.
Habib el Omr (Love of My Life) 1947 Samia Gamal   Stars Samia Gamal and Farid al-Atrache
Afrita Hanem (The Genie Lady) 1949 Samia Gamal U.S. Canada U.K. Stars Samia Gamal and Farid al-Atrache
Shatie el-Gharam (Shore of Love) 1950 Tahia Carioca U.S. Stars Tahia Carioca and Leila Murad
Asmar Gamil (Dark and Handsome) 1950 Samia Gamal    
Nour el-Ayoun (Light of My Eyes) 1954 Naima Akef   Singer is Karem Mahmoud. The song in the dance scene with the large musical instruments is "Aah Men el Hawa", and the lyrics speak of the singer's love for those instruments.
Sigarah wa Kass (A Glass and a Cigarette) 1955 Samia Gamal U.S. Canada U.K. Stars Samia Gamal, Nabil el-Alfi, Dalida, and Kouka.
Mufattish al-A'am (Inspector General) 1957 Tahia Carioca   Stars Ismail Yassin and Tahia Carioca
Tamra Henna (Henna Flower) 1957 Naima Akef   Stars Naima Akef in her most celebrated role. Also Ahmed Ramzy, Rushdi el-Abaza, and Fayza Ahmed.
Sharia el-Hob (Love Street) 1959 Nagwa Fouad   Stars Abdel Halim Hafez and Sabah. This was the very first movie in which Nagwa Fouad appeared, and her role is minor, simply that of dancing in one scene.
Ismail Yassin fil Sign (Ismail Yassin Goes to Prison) 1961 Hoda Shems Eldin   Minor role for Shems Eldin, as a nightclub owner.
Shatie el-Hob (Love Beach) 1961 Atoutta   Stars Farid al-Atrache, Tahia Carioca, and Samira Ahmed. Tahia Carioca does not dance in this movie unless you count a 7-second spin at the beginning of a scene.
Gharam fi al-Karnak (Love In Karnak) 1965 Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmy, & Reda Troupe   Directed by Ali Reda. Raqia Hassan appears as one of the dancers in a bit part.
Abi Foq al-Shagara (My Father Is On a Tree) 1969 Nadia Lotfi   Stars Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lotfi, and Mervat Amin
Khally Balak Men Zouzou (Pay Heed to Zouzou) 1972 Souad Hosni   Stars Souad Hosni, Hussein Fahmy, and Tahia Carioca. Carioca does not dance more than a few seconds.
Fatenah wa-l-Salouk, al- (Beauty & the Scoundrel) 1976 Soheir Zaki   Minor role for Zaki, she appears only in one scene, as the dancer in a nightclub. Stars Hussein Fahmy and Mervat Amin.
Raqissa wa-l-Siyasi, al- (The Belly Dancer and the Politician) 1990 Nabila Ebeid   Stars Nabila Ebeid and Salah Qabil

 

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Maria's List

The list below represents the Egyptian movies compiled by Maria in her list of movies containing dance scenes. Shira has not seen these, and in most cases has not been able to find them in the Internet Movie Database (imdb). This is not surprising, because imdb's coverage of movies from the Middle East is sparse, and sometimes the transliterations and English titles in imdb are different from those that we might obtain from other sources. If anyone reading this is familiar with these titles, Shira would welcome any additional information you can provide with respect to Arabic-language title, release year, identity of the dancer, etc.

Movie Title

Year

Dancer

To Buy

Comments

Ah Ya Liel Ya Zaman (Ah! Night Time) 1977     Directed by Ali Reda
Noor Ey Eini   Fifi Abdo    
Paris and Love        
Poor But Happy        
Shafiqa wa Metwal 1979     Egyptian movie, stars Soad Hosni and Ahmed Zaki
Suffering on Smiling Lips        
Thieves        
Third Class        
Thousand and One Kisses        
Vote for Dr. Suleiman       Candelabrum scene
Who Will Put Out the Fire?        

 

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Lists of Egyptian Movies on Other Web Sites

The lists below are not specific to dance. Many of the movies listed do not contain dance scenes.

 

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About Maria

The portion of this page titled "Maria's List" is a subset of a list of over 200 movies from around the world containing belly dance scenes that Maria compiled over the course of several years. In the past, the list resided on Maria's own web site. After she discontinued her web site, she granted permission to Shira to place her list here on Shira.net so that it wouldn't be lost to the dance community. Click here to see Maria's entire list, which appears in 3 parts.

Maria is a retired professional belly dancer and flamenco dancer from the Boulder, Colorado area. She was one of the main dancers at the House of Marrakesh in LODO Denver and the former Mataam Fez in Boulder.

Maria taught bellydance to hundreds of students in the Boulder area.  She was also Director of World Dance at former dance studio "Dance West". As former Event Manager for Boulder Creek Events, she coordinated and scheduled high profile Boulder events such as the "Boulder Community Dance Stage" at the Boulder Creek Festiva for nine years.

Maria was previously owner of Boulder BellyGrams by Maria, a successful entertainment company. Maria also co-founded a storytelling/musican/dance troupe called "Ziva Dunya" ("bright world"), developing a program "Tales & Rhythms from the Middle East" which they brought to schools, multicultural festivals, senior centers, etc., to great acclaim.

To contact Maria, visit her "tribe" on the Tribe.net web site.

PHOTO CREDIT: This dramatic skirt photo was taken by Fritz Penning.

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Maria has also worked with Broomfield Heights Middle School from 2000 to 2008, as a choreographer for the after school Dance Club Program. Maria has also been invited as a guest speaker/performer for the "Art Café" which had its premier at the Colorado Art Expo 2003. Maria has also been invited as guest dancer/teacher at women’s retreats, women’s events, and other cultural events in and around the country.

Maria has now retired from dance in order to pursue her education to become a Registered Nurse (RN). She is diligently studying and working as a nurse assistant while she pursues her degree.

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Maria

 

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