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Princess Tam Tam / Zou Zou Blu Ray

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Princess Tam Tam / Zou Zou Blu Ray

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NEW 4K RESTORATION! Buoyed by the success of the French musical Zou Zou a year earlier, the same team created in Princess Tam Tam a Pygmalion-like comedy in which a mischievous shepherd girl rises through society to become a pretend princess and the toast of Paris nightlife.

Alwina (Josephine Baker) is discovered by a French aristocrat (Albert Prejean) while he is in Tunisia seeking inspiration for a new novel. He becomes infatuated with this innocent gamin and constructs a plot to polish her charms and bring her to Paris where he presents her to society as an Indian princess.

In a thinly-veiled parallel to Baker’s own experience, Alwina becomes an exotic celebrity, a favorite subject for the city’s great artists and a guest at the most important social events. Her rise to notoriety climaxes in a posh nightclub, where she is coaxed into drinking too much by her mentor’s jealous wife and falls prey to the compelling tom-tom beat of the club orchestra, whereupon she leaps to the stage, strips off her shimmering evening gown and dances as only La Baker could.

In addition to this stellar musical number, Baker sings two additional songs, “Dream Ship” and “‘Neath the Tropical Blue Skies.”

Zou Zou was her debut talking film. In the tradition of 42nd Street, it tells the story of a talented Cinderella (Baker) who saves a show and becomes an overnight sensation. Features Josephine’s poignant rendition of “Haiti,” sung while clad in feathers and swinging in a birdcage.

Description

  • Three 2005 documentary shorts focus on Josephine Baker: “The Woman,” “The Performer,”and “The Films.” Includes interviews with actress Lynn Whitfield, theater critic Margo Jefferson, dance historian Elizabeth Kendall and Baker’s adopted son Jean-Claude.
  • Video tour of Chez Josephine, Jean-Claude Baker’s culinary exhibition of rare Josephine Baker paintings and posters.
  • The Fireman of the Folies-Bergère, a 1928 short featuring Baker
  • And more!
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Year: 1935
  • Running Time: 169
  • Color Type: B&W
  • Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
  • Country: France
  • Language: French w/English subtitles

Label: Kino Lorber

Actors:

Jean Gabin
Albert Préjean
Jean Gallande
Pierre Larquey
Ila Mecséry
Josephine Baker

    • Directed by Edmond Greville and Marc Allegret

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