Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1971 Egyptian film ‘Love Returns Tomorrow’ (Ghadan Yaoud Al Hob غداً يعود الحب) which starred Nour al Sharif and Nelly (the actress, not the dancer). The film told the story of a couple who had a fling which resulted in a pregnancy. She finally has an abortion in the back streets of the City of the Dead in Cairo.
And didn’t she dance differently back then? The scene is from a 1959 Egyptian film “Kulub el Azara” which starred Kamal al Shinnawi (the gent with the mo in the beige suit), Hussein Riad and Amina Rizk. The singer in this scene is the lovely Shadia.
Movie trivia: Shadia and Kamal al Shinnawi appearing in more than 30 films together, usually as the hero and heroine. They were described as being ‘very close’ but they never married and he ended up marrying Shadia’s sister Afaf. After he and Afaf divorced he went on to marry Egyptian bellydancer Hagar Hamdy.
There are some performances that are considered iconic and this is one of them. This is Egyptian bellydancer Nagwa Fouad wearing a gold bedlah and carrying a fan. The music is 'Set al Hosn' which was composed especially for her by Mohamed Sultan.
Trivia: Until 1981 Mohamed Sultan, the composer of this music was married to Fayza Ahmed who you may remember from 'Tamra Henna' with Naima Akef.
This is Nagwa Fouad dancing in a scene from the 1967 Egyptian film 'Al Arees al Thani' (The Second Groom ) which starred Farid Shawki, Hind Rostom and Abdel Menam Ibrahim.
Movie trivia: Also starring were Samir Ghanem, George Sidhom and El Deif Ahmed who collectively formed the comedy trio 'Tholathy Adwa'a El Masrah'. They often appeared together in films and plays and continued until El Deif Ahmed's death in 1970. Sidhom and Ghanem performed as a duo for some years until Sidhom retired due to illness. Samir Ghanem has continued to have a very successful solo stage and film career.
The bellydancer in this clip, Nagwa Fouad ( فؤاد نجوى), needs no introduction. This wedding scene is from the 1960 Egyptian comedy ‘Shahr assal basel’ (literally, ‘Honeymoon Onions’ which certainly conveys the idea, but the film’s better known in English as ‘The Ruined Honeymoon’ or ‘The Honeymoon Fell Flat’.) The film tells the story of Ismail and Samia (Ismail Yassine and Cariman) who, after many ups-and-downs, eventually marry and this is the scene in this clip. The newly married couple leave on honeymoon but are promptly joined by her mother. The MIL is played by the irrepressible Mary Mounib who is repeatedly flicked by Nagwa's veil in this scene. The film follows the couple as the husband makes several attempts to (non fatally) get rid of his MIL.