The Josephine Baker Story [Blu-ray]
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The film manages to catch the key points of her life: early vaudeville gigs in the U.S. as a very young girl, notoriety as an exotic dancer in 1920's Paris, rise to major world stardom in the late 20's/early 30's, disastrous return to the U.S. entertainment circuit in the late 30's, French Resistance war hero, a near-fatality from peritonitis, entertainer of U.S. troops in North Africa, post-war civil rights champion back in the U.S., loving mother of a dozen, adopted, multi-racial children on her French estate, financial destitution in the late 60's, and resurrection in the 70's with the help of Prince and Princess Rainier of Monaco.
Since TJBS covers so many decades and events in such short a time, much is lost: the marriage to her first and third husbands (Willie Wells and Jean Lion respectively), her brief film career, her stint as a Red Cross nurse after the Nazi occupation of Belgium, her many legal imbroglios, her late-life relationship with American artist Robert Brady, and her presence in the 1963 Washington D.C. civil rights march led by Martin Luther King. Sometimes the viewer feels shortchanged, as when the scene shifts from late 30's New York to wartime France to 1942 North Africa in the blink of an eye. (Don't go to the kitchen for that pastrami sandwich and beer - you may miss something.Read more ›
It turned out to be a beautiful movie about the life of a fallen angel/fallen hero. It shows you how she became one of the richest black women in showbusiness, a member of the resistance in World War 2, and a fighter for civil rights.
I noticed a lot of symbolism in this movie. Like during the first 5 minutes of the movie, she does her provacative topless night dance. If you look really deep, you won't just focus on her body....what you will begin to focus on is HER EYES, her wild untameable eyes. During her life she was untameable, always fighting, not willing to giveup.
The star Lynn Whitfield is very entoxicating. If you're a guy, she'll make you forget all about Hally Berry.
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great film !!but doesn't come as seen the box cover is entirely different???????? is it the real deal !!!box should be delivered as shown!!!!!Published 2 months ago by Doug M.
The Josephine Baker Story, and Various, the film was very good, it really broke my heart, the acting was superb and stunning, the cinematography was equal to the great plot and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by IVAN EDGAR PRATT
Again, my friend had been searching for this. It had been her mother's favorite movie. She asked if I had seen it and I hadn't. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peaches316
I am so glad that the powers that be decided that this story was worthy of a blu-ray update. Worth adding to your classic collection.Published 8 months ago by A. C Rucker