Zou Zou

Directed by Marc Allegret

Year: 1934
Running Time: 92
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33.
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles [audio]
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Zou Zou

Cast
Viviane Romance
Pierre Languey
Marcel Vallée
Josephine Baker

Crew
Directed by Marc Allegret


Zou Zou was conceived as a vehicle for Josephine Baker, then among Europe's most popular entertainers. This was her debut talking film and a huge success in France upon its original release (and upon its 1989 theatrical re-release by Kino International). It is definitely Baker's show, despite the presence of Jean Gabin, who was himself on the brink of international stardom.

In the tradition of 42nd Street and other Warner Bros. backstage musicals of the period, the plot of Zou Zou concerns a star who walks out on her sugardaddy producer for true love, and a talented Cinderella (Baker) who takes her place, saves the show and is hailed as a new sensation opening night.

The film places Baker in several lavish production numbers in which she is sumptuously dressed and supported by a large chorus. But it is the poignant rendition of "Haiti" that remains indelible. Seated on a swing in an oversize birdcage, scantily clad in feathers like some exotic bird of paradise, she sings nostalgically for her Caribbean home and leaves a permanent record on film of her unique style and powerful charisma.

Reviews

"I can't recommend it highly enough." - Leonard Maltin, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

"ELECTRIFYING! ...a great boisterous presence that irradiates the screen with arcs of eroticism..." - Michael Wilmington, LOS ANGELES TIMES

Interested in bringing Zou Zou to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Zou Zou may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 23 2019 at 4:43pm
RT' @PauBox': Epico!!! Nominados a los #Ariel2019 incluidos mejor película para #LaCamarista ❤️ Que felicidad. Ya en cines en Francia y estre…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 23 2019 at 3:26pm
RT' @CinemaTropical': Mexico's THE CHAMBERMAID by' @lilaavilescine' tops the San Francisco Film Festival' https://t.co/nztyMFHeyF' #Mexico #SFFIL…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 23 2019 at 3:26pm
RT' @CinemaTropical': The #Ariel2019 nominees for Best Picture are: LA CAMARISTA by' @lilaavilescine'' @NinasBienPeli' by' @marquezabella' ' @ROMACu…'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 23 2019 at 2:27pm
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Metropolis (1927), and Nosferatu (1922) top this' @io9' list of eight silent film…' https://t.co/0RpqyMsz36'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 22 2019 at 6:53pm
RT' @FilmLinc': "Chinese director Bi Gan explores nostalgia and obsession in a manner that recalls Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai." -' @Th…'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 21 2019 at 8:37pm
Final days to take advantage of' @KLStudioClassic's' big April sale. Over 200 titles, free shipping in U.S. on orders…' https://t.co/uLYJbglrZT'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 21 2019 at 8:33pm
@pryll_' @alamodrafthouse' We're adding theaters each week so stay tuned! Including some more Drafthouses (we hope).
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 21 2019 at 8:31pm
RT' @igor_s__': Thrilled to learn that Dennis Scholl &' @kareemtabsch's'' @miamijff' audience award winning film' @thelastresortmovie' is now strea…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 21 2019 at 8:31pm
RT' @queerguru': A sneak peek at 1968 extraordinary classic gay movie #THEQUEEN lovingly restored and soon to be released to the world by' @Ki…'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 21 2019 at 9:52am
"Chinese box office phenomenon LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film... recalls Ta…' https://t.co/e1urN2hq23'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com