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Zaza (1938)

 |  Drama  |  14 January 1939 (USA)
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A sexy singer in a French music hall falls in love with a handsome, but married, aristocrat.

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Herbert Marshall ...
Dufresne
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Cascart
Helen Westley ...
Anais
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Nathalie
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Florianne
Walter Catlett ...
Marlardot
Ann E. Todd ...
Toto (as Ann Todd)
Rex O'Malley ...
Bussy
Ernest Cossart ...
Marchand
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Simone
Dorothy Tree ...
Mme. Dufresne
Monty Woolley ...
Fouget
Maurice Murphy ...
Henri
Frank Puglia ...
Rug Dealer
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A sexy singer in a French music hall falls in love with a handsome, but married, aristocrat.

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14 January 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zaza, Can-Can-tyttö  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The jewels worn by Bert Lahr in the film were originally owned by Diamond Jim Brady and were loaned to Paramount by jewelry designer Paul Flato, who had bought them at auction a few years earlier. See more »

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Cukor rarity
21 December 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

"Zaza" is one of the most rarely shown of Cukor's films. Fortunately, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has managed a truly complete retrospective (December 2013), with two showings of "Zaza." Like the Leoncavallo opera also based on the same play (and no doubt the play itself) the fact that the play ends tragically is belied by an almost manically cheerful first hour. Claudette Colbert is a luminous presence, and her sparkling costumes support her luminosity with sparkles and spangles. She seems rather too much! Bert Lahr, not in his usual element, proves himself capable of restraint and suggests the great actor who was to have his ultimate breakthrough into the thespian pantheon in the '50s with his performance in the Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot." Excellent support from Constance Collier, Helen Westley, Genevieve Tobin, and Ernest Cossart. Not entirely satisfying, but why "Zaza" is so little-seen is still a mystery. There are worse films in the Cukor canon ("Keeper of the Flame," "Let's Make Love"), more often seen.


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