Siren of the Tropics [DVD] [English] [1928]

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Special Features

  • "Josephine Baker: The Performer" (2005, 18 min.) Includes interviews with Lynn Whitfield (actress, The Josephine Baker Story), Margo Jefferson (New York Times theatre critic), Elizabeth Kendall (dance critic and historian) and Jean-Claude Baker, Josephine Baker's adopted son and biographer
  • "Oh, Papitou" NY Cabaret impresario Steve Ross performs a musical number written for Siren of the Tropics
  • Josephine at the Folies Begère
  • - "The Fireman of the Folies Bergère" (8 min.) a rare silent comedy that features Josephine Baker's first appearance on film
  • - "The Charleston," song and performance
  • - A Folies Bergère stills gallery
  • The Memoirs of Josephine Baker
  • - A rare behind-the-scenes video clip
  • - The Memoir Illustrations: A Stills Gallery


La Sirene Des Tropiques
The black-and-white silent film Siren of the Tropics features the film debut of international star Josephine Baker. Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is credited as the assistant director, but he allegedy quit the production before it was finished. Set in the West Indies but filmed in France, a man named Berval saves a native girl, Papitou (Baker), making her his willing slave. Even though he is engaged to Denise, Papitou falls for him and follows his ship back to Paris. At first she finds work as a nurse, but she eventually becomes a dance hall star and returns to her native land. Starring Regina Dalthy, Pierre Batcheff, and Georges Melchior. Only portions of this 1927 film still exist. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Josephine Baker
    Josephine Baker
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    Pierre Batcheff
  • Georges Melchior
    Georges Melchior
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