The Josephine Baker Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Siren of the Tropics
  • Josephine's short film "The Fireman of the Folies Bergere," A cabaret performance of "Oh, Papitou," Interviews, a rare video clip, and memoir illustrations
  • Zou Zou
  • A tour of Chez Josephine (NYC), Interviews, song selections, and a stills gallery
  • Princess Tam Tam
  • Interviews, song selections, and a stills gallery

Synopsis

Zou Zou
Zou Zou is one of a handful of French musical films made by the flamboyant African-American entertainer Josephine Baker. The star plays a Creole laundress who becomes an overnight stage success when she subs for a tempestuous diva. She goes on to experience the requisite professional highs and personal lows, and to briefly enjoy the attentions of French matinée idol Jean (Jean Gabin). La Baker's costumes reveal virtually everything but what she's eaten for breakfast, and her dancing is just a step away from obscenely erotic. In short, the film represents Josephine Baker at her outrageous best, making this film a must for fans and casual admirers alike. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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

Princess Tam Tam
Princesse Tam-Tam is a must-see for fans of legendary African-American entertainer Josephine Baker. Shunned by lily-white Hollywood, Baker made a name for herself in France as a cabaret entertainer, frequently comporting in the nude--all the while letting the audience know she didn't take herself, or anything else, too seriously. Princesse Tam-Tam is a satirical spin on the "Pygamalion" concept: An uninhibited African girl (Baker) poses as a serene Indian princess, through the auspices of author Albert Prejean. A romance develops between the two (a plot device expressly forbidden by Hollywood's rules against miscegenation on screen), while Prejean's unfaithful wife fumes. Written by Josephine Baker's then-husband Pepito Abatino, the French/Tunisian Princesse Tam-Tam was banned outright in the States; thanks to videotape, it is now more accessible than ever. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Josephine Baker
    Josephine Baker - Zouzou
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    Yvette Lebon - Claire
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    Illa Meery - Miss Barbara
  • Jean Gabin
    Jean Gabin - Jean
  • Pierre Larquey
    Pierre Larquey - Father Mele
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