Princess Tam Tam / Zou Zou (Josephine Baker Double Feature)

Directed by Marc Allegret, and Edmond T. Greville

Year: 1935
Running Time: 169
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: France
Language: French
Genres: Musical
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Princess Tam Tam / Zou Zou (Josephine Baker Double Feature)

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

Crew
Directed by Edmond T. Greville and Marc Allegret


In the 1930s, black performers were forbidden to steal the spotlight from white actors on the American screen. To circumvent this unwritten law, singer/dancer/comedian Josephine Baker accepted the invitation to work in France. The resulting films—Princess Tam Tam and Zou Zou—reveal what segregationist producers in the U.S. were afraid of: a confident, sexy, scene-stealing African American woman who spewed exuberance, expressiveness and raw charisma like an uncorked bottle of champagne. Princess Tam Tam is a Pygmalion-like comedy in which Josephine Baker stars as a mischievous shepherd girl who rises through society to become a pretend princess and the toast of Paris nightlife. Conceived as a vehicle for Baker, then among Europe’s most popular entertainers, 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.

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