In 2016, the Hollywood actress celebrated 20 years of this cult scene in an arty short film.
At the time of general confinement, the urge to dance itches you? First invites you to (re) see some cult dance scenes from cinema … To replay this one at home, you will need … a huge albino python.
This is perhaps the most iconic role in the career of Salma hayek. One year after the shooting of Desperado with Robert Rodriguez, the actress joins the cast of another director’s film, the cult A Night in Hell. Written by Quentin Tarantino (who also plays a role in the film), Salma Hayek shares the bill with George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis. She is given the role of Santanico Pandemonium, the star dancer (and vampire) of the bar Titty twister. A scene of crazy sensuality, where Salma Hayek dances with a gigantic albino python placed on her shoulders … In 2016, for the film’s twenty years, the Mexican-American actress repeated her dance steps in a short film signed Youssef Nabil.
Born in Cairo and now living between New York, Miami and Paris, the artist Youssef Nabil has been a staple of the art scene and photography since the 90s. Raised by David LaChapelle and Mario Testino, moved by his love for his country of origin, since his beginnings in the artistic universe Youssef Nabil is “obsessed“by the Egyptian golden age:”It is true that I work at a distance from my country, but it is fabulous, because it is around it that most of my work revolves. Even in terms of my working technique, I am inspired by that of Egyptian cinema posters. My goal is to take this memory of a bygone Egypt and take it elsewhere, through my work. It’s a way to save her “, he explains in the columns of Orient by day.
And after photographing Catherine Deneuve, David Lynch or Charlotte Rampling and hundreds of anonymous in a series of superhero heritage portraits of Egyptian cinema, he paid homage to the ballad dancers of his native Egypt by making the Mexican-Lebanese star jiggle.
Way A Night in Hell of Robert Rodriguez, With George Clooney , Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel, Salma hayek rediscovers her dancing skills for Youssef Nabil and becomes a belly dancer, on a beach, facing a Tahar Rahim sleeping. Titled I Saved My Belly Dancer, this series by the artist consists of a short film and twenty-six photos in which the 45-year-old actress is saved by a Tahar Rahim on her white horse – moreover – and taken away, towards others shores, in the West.
Carnal evocation of the romantic fantasy, Salma hayek “represents this powerful Arab DNA that has radiated “ according to the artist delivers a brilliant tribute to this art, this belly dance that Youssef describes as “symbol of freedom in an Egypt that sinks into extremism”.
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A short film less trying to shoot than the cult scene of Salma Hayek in One night in hell. In an interview for Yahoo Entertainment where the actress returns to her most significant films, the interpreter of Frida Kahlo confided that she hesitated for a long time before accepting the role. Not because she had to wiggle languidly in front of an audience of actors, technicians and cameras pointed at her, but because she had to dance with a snake. A phobia for the young woman.
“Quentin said to me, “Oh by the way, you’re going to dance with a snake.”, she remembers. I said, “No, I can’t, I can’t, this is my biggest phobia.” So he said, “Well, Madonna would do it. I’ve already talked to her and she’s ready to dance with the snake. ’It was difficult because I had to get over this panic fear and the dance was totally improvised. No choreographer, nothing. Because it’s obviously impossible to do a choreography with a snake, we don’t know what he’s going to do! “
For two months before the film was shot, the actress worked with therapists to overcome her reptile phobia. Which obviously worked well, when you see the actress’s ease in this cult scene.