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4pm Josephine Baker: Siren of the Tropics (Les Siren des Tropiques) (1927)

Expired March 10, 2021 6:00 PM
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Siren of the Tropics (Les Siren des Tropiques) (1927) FR

Dir: Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant

Running time: 86mins

Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer and entertainer, a French Resistance agent and a civil rights activist. In 1926 she caused a sensation at the Folies Bergère in Paris with her improvised fusion of ballet, Broadway kicks, tap and African dance styles.

She was also the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, making her debut in the 1927 silent film Siren Of The Tropics (1927). In the film, Baker plays a native girl named Papitou, who falls in love with a young engineer. When he returns to Paris and his fiancée, Papitou follows.

The film is now best remembered for Baker’s exceptional dance performances, but it has much more to offer. Following the film's premiere in December 1927, it received almost unanimously positive reviews from film critics, mostly focussing on Baker's body and her agile movements. 

Introduced by Akulah Agbami, Director of Sheba Soul Ensemble and BLACK Artists on the Move. With live musical accompaniment by Guenter A. Buchwald and Frank Bockius.

This film is not BBFC Certificated. The festival team suggests it is appropriate for age 15 and above as it contains some nudity.


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