French Cinema

L’ image et le mot…

Jean Gabin & Joséphine Baker , about 1936

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“Zou Zou”
1934
Directed by Marc Allegret

Also featuring Jean Gabin, who was just on the brink of international success, Zou Zou is a Warners-style backstage musical in which a talented Cinderella (in this case a laundress played by Josephine Baker) takes the place of the lead on the opening night and saves the show. Clearly a star vehicle for Baker, she appears at her best here, as a glamorous, larger-than-life sophisticate. Watch for her spectacular rendition of “Haiti” that will remain indelible in everyone’s memory. French with English subtitles. 92 minutes. 

 

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January 15, 2008 Posted by | Les Années '30 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment