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Zouzou (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Musical, Romance | 21 December 1934 (France)
Zou Zou tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he's accused of murder.

Director:

Marc Allégret

Writers:

G. Abatino (novel), Carlo Rim
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Josephine Baker ... Zouzou (as Joséphine Baker)
Jean Gabin ... Jean
Pierre Larquey ... Papa Melé
Yvette Lebon Yvette Lebon ... Claire
Illa Meery Illa Meery ... Miss Barbara
Palau ... Saint-Lévy
Madeleine Guitty ... Josette
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ... Mme Vallée
Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée ... M. Trompe
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Storyline

As children, Zouzou and Jean are paired in a traveling circus as twins: she's dark, he's light. After they've grown, he treats her as if she were his sister, but she's in love with him. In Paris, he's a music hall electrician, she's a laundress who delivers clean underwear to the hall. She introduces him to Claire, her friend at work, and the couple fall in love. Jean conspires to get the show's star out of town and for the theater manager to see the high-spirited Zouzou perform. When Jean's accused of murder and Zouzou needs money to mount his defense, she pleads to go on stage. Her talents may save the show, but can anything save her dream of life with Jean? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 December 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zou Zou See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Zouzou: [singing] For me there is only one man in Paris and it is him, For me there is only one man in Paris, Chasing all the girls, All are at his mercy, The undressing of this gaze, With his hands too, I do not do anything for him to love me, I make others happy, But he still remains mine, Because he is in my heart...
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Alternate Versions

Kino International released a video in 1989 with English subtitles. It was presented by Bernard E. Goldberg and the subtitles were written by Helen Eisenman. See more »

Connections

Featured in It's Black Entertainment (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est lui
(uncredited)
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Roger Bernstein
Sung by Josephine Baker
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Worth seeing for historical interest
7 March 2001 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

This isn't a very good movie, even by the standards of its time. And Josephine Baker only hints at what made her a legend. But it's worth seeing just to get a glimpse of this great performer who, against overwhelming odds, prevailed against the endemic racism of her time by leaving the US and going to Paris, where she became a star. It's too bad more of her performances aren't preserved on film.


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