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Classic Stars of Bellydance

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Rare footage of the stars from The Golden Age of San Francisco Belly Dance. Featuring live classes with Bert Balladine and live performances and speaking parts with the incomparable Amina.

Review

Filmed in 1974 and released in 1976 under the title Gameel Gamal (Oh! Beautiful Dancer), Gordon Inkeles' 25-minute short played several film festivals and then vanished for 30 years. It presents a brief history of belly dancing, then tells the story of two young dancers, Katarina (pictured) and Taia, who are breaking into an apparently thriving belly-dance scene in San Francisco. The new title is appropriate. The film contains entire belly dances by Katarina and Taia, and also by their senior, Amina, who tells them they should perform as if dancing for a king. We later see her dance, and that's exactly what she does. Though short, the film is a satisfying introduction to belly-dance aesthetics, in that each of these classic dancers brings a special quality, a special talent and a slightly different approach to her work. But the film is something more, an unexpectedly touching document of this city a generation ago. I found out about the film because (full disclosure) I'm a friend of Katarina's -- known today as Stanford acting teacher Kay Kostopoulos and as the vocalist for Black Olive Jazz. I'm glad I did, because even beyond the belly-dance aspect, there's something magical and wistful about traveling in this time machine and finding yourself on some lost yet vibrant afternoon, watching De Ann Adams (Miss Sonoma County 1968) perform an extended dance by the Embarcadero. Not everyone will be moved, but if you loved the '70s, you'll understand. -- Mick LaSalle --San Francisco Chronicle

Finalist, American Film Festival --19th Annual American Film Festival

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Product Details

  • Directors: Gordon Inkeles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Arcata Arts
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5YJ7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I enjoyed it a lot, but it might not be for everyone. Obviously a short documentary type movie about the times and Belly Dance - the 70's. For me it was lovely to see again on film, what I remember from my "baby dancer" days. I remember the street dancers, like DeAnn. And scouring the little hole-in-the-wall shops for treasures to add to your costume. I even have LPs of the musician that are playing for the dancers. I was there. I lived it too.

Want to step back in time and see Belly Dance history? This DVD is for you.
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This is worth buying just for the footage of the great Burt Balladine who is shown teaching his legendary classes. What a terrific dancer and teacher! Now I can see why he is still worshiped by so many dancers. Amina, one of San Francisco's great stars appears in an extended live performance at the very heigh of her career. You have never seen Taksim like this--she is spellbinding to say the very least!

I also enjoyed the performances by Katerina and Taia, both of whom were apparently just beginning when this film was made. Each of them went on to build impressive careers. Finally, the hypnotic outdoor street dance by sword dancer Deanne is featured and you can definitely feel the excitement she created in her live performances.

These are the legendary stars of the San Francisco dance scene that sprung up around North Beach. I don't know of another place where you can see such performances.

I loved this film and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about belly dance. Professionals wil especialll enjoy the rare Ballendine and Amina segments, which are unique to this lovely film.
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Love Love Love! This is San Francisco Belly Dance as it was in the 1970's. I love this Film sooo much I've practically worn it out. I watch it practically every day and DREAM of how it used to be...the good ole days in Belly Dance! When dancers actually got paying jobs and played finger cymbals, and danced to LIVE Music. if You are an aficianado of the Hay Days of USA belly dance You will LOVE this film! The video of Amina Goodyear is worth it's weight in gold!.....I play this for my students to show them the historical perspective of how much our dance has changed. and so I have another chance to watch it again! Thank You Gordon Inkles! xoxo.
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Being a huge admirer of belly dance, I take the time to study it's roots and enjoy vintage footage of what it was like "back in the day". I've seen bits-n-pieces of Classic Stars of Bellydance, but never the entire movie until now and it's amazing!! I love the individual stories of tragedy and triumph. Following the dancers' pursuits into what they love!!! This DVD is truly a CLASSIC and a must have!!! It's at the TOP of my collection!! Perhaps a Volume II will appear someday!!!
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This is worth buying just for the footage of the great Burt Balladine who is shown teaching his legendary classes. What a terrific dancer and teacher! Now I can see why he is still worshiped by so many dancers. Amina, one of San Francisco's great stars appears in an extended live performance at the very heigh of her career. You have never seen Taksim like this--she is spellbinding to say the very least!

I also enjoyed the performances by Katerina and Taia, both of whom were apparently just beginning when this film was made. Each of them went on to build impressive careers. Finally, the hypnotic outdoor street dance by sword dancer Deanne is featured and you can definitely feel the excitement she created in her live performances.

These are the legendary stars of the San Francisco dance scene that sprung up around North Beach. I don't know of another place where you can see such performances.

I loved this film and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about belly dance. Professionals wil especialll enjoy the rare Ballendine and Amina segments, which are unique to this lovely film.
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Both the Amina dance routines and advice and Bert Balladine's live class footage are absolutely priceless. The legendary dancers of San Francisco are shown here in live performances, interviews and during downtown street shows.

This exquisite dance footage is nothing less than a rare window into Belly Dance history. Every dancer should own a copy.
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I enjoyed watching this. It was nice to see familiar faces.
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Simplistic vintage, but not long enough,,, I wanted more!
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