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Le pompier des Folies Bergères (1930)

A short film produced in 1928 to promote the Folies Bergeres. The fireman on duty at the Folies reels out of the theatre, dazzled by all the naked women he's seen. Everywhere he looks, ... See full summary »
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A short film produced in 1928 to promote the Folies Bergeres. The fireman on duty at the Folies reels out of the theatre, dazzled by all the naked women he's seen. Everywhere he looks, people are transformed into nude showgirls; the band in a club, the patrons in a bar, even his fellow firemen at the fire station doing group exercises become naked women doing knee-bends. On the way there, he descends into a Metro station, where he finds Josephine Baker (not naked, but wearing a short skirt and bra) sweeping the platform. She does one of her gangling comic dances for his benefit. Written by genet-1

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Un pompier qui prend feu  »

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6 February 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Released on a French anthology DVD as part of the "Retour de Flamme" series, this is the most(Choose an adjective)film I have ever seen; anonymously directed, though a few people actually credit it to Luis Bunuel, the purpose of this short seems to be to provide advertisement of some sort for the Folies-Bergères theater, where in 1928 as in 2006 girls danced in the nude on stage; the fireman of the title is so excited by the spectacle that he mentally strips every woman he crosses path with, and sometimes even men: a priest, but also a full regiment(Hence the dubious Bunuel credit, no doubt); and the film is JUST THAT: endless, surreal, tasteless and blatant exposure of breasts and other body parts, with one small exception: Josephine Baker herself has the right to keep a bra on, as her image from a poster comes to life and spins the poor fireman's head a little further towards insanity.


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