Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Samia Gamal (1924-1994)

Samia Gamal, cover of Al-Kawakeb magazine 19 September 1961.

Samia Gamal was born Zaynab Ali Khalil Ibrahim Mahfouz in Bani Swaif, Egypt. She got her stage name from Badia Masabni, who was the founder of modern oriental dance and who ran a dance company of which Samia was a member. Samia Gamal was one of the greatest Egyptian dancers and appeared in many films during her active years as a performer (1942-1963). There is an article and filmography in Wikepdia. I have some images here of some of my favorite Samia Gamal posters:

Night Train [qattar al-leil] (1953) directed by Ezzel Dine Zulficar

First Romance [awwal gharam] (1956) directed by Niazi Mostafa

Father of Darkness [abul-lail] (1960) directed by Houssam El-Din Mustafa

Valley of the Kings (1954) (Robert, Taylor, Eleanor Parker) US one-sheet

Valley of the Kings (1954) (Robert, Taylor, Eleanor Parker) US lobby card showing Samia Gamal dancing the Dance of the Houris

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