1. A shamadan (candelabra) performance by an uncredited dancer in a scene from the 1946 black and white Egyptian film 'Al Khamsa Gneih' (The Five Pounds الخمسة جنيه ). The singer is Hamid Tahir (حامد طاهر) a popular Egyptian singer and composer at the time. Starring Mohsen Sarhan, Adel Fatah al Kushary, Soad Mekawy and Zuzu Nabil, the film follows the adventures of a 5 pound note as its passed from person to person after freeing itself from life trapped in a safe by its miserly owner.

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  2. I think this shamadan dancer is Zeinab Hassan. The scene is from the Egyptian film ‘Ahlam al banat’ (Girls’ Dreams أحلام البنات ) which was released in June 1959. The film starred Berlanti Abdel Hamid, Maha Sabry, Hassan Fayak, Marie Munib (the lady sitting on the chair), Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi and Shokry Sarhan.
    The film tells the story of three girls, all penniless orphans, who live and work together. Each girl has a dream for her future. Badria wants to get rich any way she can, Nahid dreams of fame and Huda dreams of finding love.

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  3. A shamadan performance from the 1966 film 'Al Zawj al Azeb' (The Bachelor Husband الزوج العازب). Is the dancer Layla Yousry (ليلى يسرى)?
    The film starred Hind Rostom, Mahmoud al Meligi and Naemat Mokhtar in a non-dancing role. This film tells the story of Ashour, played by Farid Shawki, who routinely divorces one of his four current wives so he can marry any woman who takes his fancy. In this scene the singer, Mohamed Taha, is slipped some cash to sing lyrics that tease Farid Shawki's character about his ever changing roster of wives. The scene ends with a bar brawl.

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  4. In this scene from the 1944 Egyptian film 'Ibnati' (My Daughter ابنتى ) the dancer is Nabaweya Mustafa and for the first part of her performance she balances a shamadan (candelabra) on her head.
    The film starred Aziza Amir, Amira Amir and Mahmoud Zulfikar and was a drama about two babies that were swapped at birth.

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  5. 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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