1. This is bellydancer Hagar Hamdi dancing in a scene from the 1946 Egyptian film ‘Al mughani al maghool’ (The Unknown Singer المغني المجهول) which starred Mohammed Al Kahlawi, Moussa Helmi, Bishara Wakim, Hassan Fayak and Aziza Amir.
    Many thanks to Osama Salem for the ID.

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  2. There are shamadans (candelabras) aplenty in this wedding scene from the 1948 film ‘Khuloud’ (Immortality خلود) which starred legendary Egyptian actress Faten Hamama. The dancer in the centre who doesn’t have a shamadan and is wearing the dark top is Hoda Shamseddine (Shams El Din).
    The film also starred Kamal al Shinnawi and Faten Hamama’s then husband Ezz el Din Zulficar who wrote and directed it. The singer in this clip is Abdel Aziz Mahmoud.
    Trivia: Faten Hamama divorced Ezz el Din Zulficar in 1953 and the following year she married Omar Sharif.

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  3. This is Nadia Fouad (نادية فؤاد not Nagwa) who's the dancer wearing red in this scene from the 1976 Egyptian drama ‘Rihlat al Ayyam’ (رحلة الايام) which starred Soheir Ramzy, Samir Sabri and Emad Hamdi. The film tells the story of Magdy and Yasmin (played by Sabri and Ramzy) who meet and marry despite the difference in their social classes - he’s ‘upstairs’, she’s ‘downstairs’.
    Later, Yasmin rushes to rescue her sister from a brothel but the brothel is raided while Yasmin’s inside and she’s arrested. As a result her husband Magdi and his rich family reject her. However there’s a happy ending as several years later Yasmin and Magdy get back together when Magdy learns that the little mouth organ playing boy he's befriended is his own son.
    While the film’s title means ‘journey of days’, a translation as ‘Life’s Journey’ probably works best.
    A bit of trivia: Samir Sabri appeared in the Egyptian tv series from the 1990s on the life of Umm Kulthum playing the part of Anwar Wagdi.

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