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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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Directors: Mario Nalpas, Henri Étiévant
Stars: Josephine Baker, Pierre Batcheff, Régina Dalthy
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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:

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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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Le commanditaire: It is the worst disaster since the Titanic! You call that a musical? What a joke!
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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

Haiti
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Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Georges Koger and Émile Audifredd
Sung by Josephine Baker
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Mediocre story saved by a legend
21 January 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is a simple story that really has no surprises but how can you resist a film that stars the legendary Josephine Baker? The worst part is that you don't hear her sing until the last 20 minutes and then you hear this tremendous voice that would put Mariah Carey to shame. It's also astonishing to see how different standards in film were in France. There is nudity here and it's kind of weird to see a film from 1934 that has nudity. Actress Illa Meery seems to have no problem with it. Also, their is a scene where Meery is in the same bed with her fiancé and while there's no nudity it's the suggestion of their relationship that's evident. In another scene Jean Gabin is walking down the street with a girl and his hand moves down to her rear. You can see that while Baker was not a trained actress she was a natural performer even when not singing. Her energy and personality more than carry the film and she easily steals scenes from her trained counterparts such as Gabin. That makes this film worthy of the archives. Not a great film but you can't resist watching a legendary performer that only made less than two dozen films.


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