La Revue Des Revues

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St. Louis-born and Harlem-raised Paris music hall superstar Josephine Baker (Zou Zou, Princess Tam Tam), the highest paid entertainer of her day, is only one of the legends in this vintage 1927 collection of sexy and tres risque Le Jazz Hot performances from the notorious nightclubs of Montmartre. Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films spent ten years combing film archives world-wide, with the biggest assist coming from a print located at the Danish Film Institute, to reassemble La Revue des Revues (whose lavish production numbers are color tinted using an elaborate stencil process) into a cinematic time machine recreating Jazz Age France in all its extravagance and sensuality.

Gabrielle (Helene Hallier), an ambitious but innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub Cinderella. But this lighter-than-champagne-bubbles story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues's white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the TillerÞs Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" (J. Hoberman Æ Village Voice), who triumphs in two show stopping numbers in which "her clownish backfield-in-motion Charleston shimmy is unlike anything else in the movie and perhaps unlike anything anyone ever did."

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 204327423
UPC 738329050023
UPC 14 00738329050023
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Francys,Joe
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Cast & Crew
Alex Nalpas - Producer
Andre Luguet - Actor
Clement Vautel - Writer
Helene Hallier - Actor
Jimmy Berliet - Cinematographer
Joe Francis - Director
Joe Francis - Writer
Josephine Baker - Actor
Maurice Guillemin - Cinematographer
Pepa Bonafe - Actor
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ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, raised in Harlem, and employed on Broadway, but she could have become a superstar only in Paris. By the late '20s, Baker was the toast of Montmartre, the personification of "le jazz hot," and the high priestess of primitivism, as well as the highest-paid entertainer in Europe...As restored by Serge Bromberg's Lobster team, La Revue des Revues is enriched with exquisitely tinted color sequences and marred by the addition of an assertive, anachronistic free-jazz score. Context is everything. Twice during the movie, La Baker bursts on the scene--antic, free, and joyfully eccentric. Her clownish backfield-in-motion Charleston shimmy is unlike anything else in the movie and perhaps unlike anything else anyone ever did. You'll be able to see alternate versions, this weekend and next, in her three French vehicles--the silent Siren of the Tropics (1927) and the talkies Zouzou (1934) and Princess Tam Tam (1935).
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ReviewPage
Reviewer J. Hoberman
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Francys,Joe
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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J. Hoberman, The Village Voice ...assertive, anachronistic free-jazz score...joyfully eccentric.

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