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Josephine Baker Collection: Siren of the Tropics

Josephine Baker Collection: Siren of the Tropics

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Available only as a fragment for decades, Siren of the Tropics is Josephine Baker's feature film debut. Made in 1927, around the time Josephine was making a Paris splash as a Folies Bergere star, Siren establishes the rags to riches, fairy tale template from which her subsequent films would be cut. Josephine plays Papitou, a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss, the Marquis Severo. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris, where fate intervenes. Will Papitou's new job as a music hall performer (a natural role for La Baker) bring the romantic resolution she so desperately desires? Though silent, Siren of the Tropics abounds with musical energy, aided in no small part by Josephine Baker's innate screen magnetism. The film contains perhaps her greatest dance work on celluloid, the frenetic "Charleston." Among the crew was a very young Luis Bueuel!

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    Title: Josephine Baker Collection: Siren of the Tropics
    Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
    Starring: Pierre Batcheff, Georges Melchior, Josephine Baker, Colette Borelli, Pierre Hot
    Directors: Henri Etievant, Mario Nalpas
    Attributes: Black & White, Colorized, Silent Movie
    Release Date: 6/21/2005
    Original Year: 1927
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 3992
    UPC: 738329039929
    Item #: KOV003992

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 6/21/2005
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 86 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video