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  • Actors: Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Pierre Larquey, Yvette Lebon, Illa Meery
  • Directors: Marc Allégret
  • Writers: Carlo Rim, G. Abatino
  • Producers: Arys Nissotti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009CTTYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zou Zou" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Zou Zou was Conceived as a vehicle for Josephine Baker, then among Europe's most popular entertainers. This was her debut talking film and a huge success in France upon its original release (and upon its1989 theatrical re-release by Kino International). It is definitely Baker's show, despite the presence of Jean Gabin, who was himself on the brink of international stardom.

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The movie, Zou Zou is still a hit!
Punkie411
Baker has a clear voice that makes the songs enjoyable although her use of vibrato can be a little annoying if it is excessive.
Samantha Glasser
The DVD's quality is good considering the age of the origional.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on July 31, 2005
Format: DVD
Zou Zou is the story of a girl and a boy who were raised as brother and sister. The sister Zou Zou falls in love with Jean and works contentedly as a laundress who delivers clothing to a theater where Jean works. The production is in trouble because of it's star, Barbara, who is incredibly temperamental. In the end, Zou Zou replaces her and becomes a star. The love story is a little strange, but the dialogue is witty and the story is realistic because Zou Zou has no expectations or ambitions of stardom throughout. The story is similar to 42nd Street just as Josephine Baker's later film Princess Tam Tam resembles The Pygmalion.

Baker has a clear voice that makes the songs enjoyable although her use of vibrato can be a little annoying if it is excessive. The songs are presented at the end of the film similar to the way they are often exhibited in American backstage musicals. However, unlike in American films, we see sections of the show that were shown being rehearsed earlier in the film. The show itself is strange; it consists of a series of vignettes of chorus girls surrounded by oversized objects such as beds and telephones. One oversized object is a birdcage with Baker inside, warbling a lament to Haiti. It is a sweet song accented by Baker's scanty, feathery bird costume. The next song that sings, "There's only one man in Paris for me," is catchy and resembles songs that became standards in America.

The film features an artistic and emotional tracking shot at the end that stands out aesthetically.

Josephine Baker is extrordinarily vivacious and talented in this film. Her character is energetic and interesting.

The print of the film used for the DVD is scratched but not too noticeably.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on June 11, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A more extensive review of mine appears on the imdb. This is
a poor film by any standards. The sound is not very good and
the editing is very choppy and crude. Acting is merely
acceptable and the Baker mystique does not translate well to
the screen in this-her first talkie (she had made one silent
in 1927, of which only three reels survive). Kino's source
material is of a lower standard than their usual pristine
archive prints - there are lines, jumps and focus problems. It
may have been the only print available at the time.
This then is a mixed bag- interesting for historical purposes
and for those fans of Ms. Baker's vocal recordings. She only
made four films and only three talkies are available on video.
Other films in her imdb filmography consist of musical scenes
lifted from the four core films.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Baker VINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Zou Zou" is the French musical, ala Busby Berkeley, about the laundry girl(Josephine Baker) who falls in love(with her own brother), and naturally, by film's end, becomes an enormous theater star. A final scene has Baker drenched in the latest chic Paris fashion. Wounded by the loss of her one true love, it is but one of many touching sequences. The 1934 "Zou Zou" co-stars Jean Gabin. A generous Kino DVD, the transfer includes a documentary with Baker's adopted son, Jean-Claude Baker, several songs, and other extras. Kino released a video of "Zou Zou" in 2003. Choppy and crude, it sported lines, jumps, and breaks. Sadly, this 2005 DVD is from the same source print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soaringcloser2love on September 18, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Jospehine Baker, and as I am reading many of the reviews written about her acting (not only on this website) I feel compelled to give my views on her performance as well. Josephine Baker is enchanting; there's no question why she was such a star in her day. Her light shines so brightly, even a full century after her birth. Josephine was so free: in her dancing, in her singing, in the way she lived her life. She danced as if nobody was watching her, and for the opportunity to actually have footage of her for my generation is amazing.

Now on to her performance. When others review Josephine's transition from vaudeville to big screen, she is often criticized. It's obvious that Josephine Baker wasn't a trained actress. But what I love about her performance, particularly in this film, is that she was genuine. You get an essence of who Josephine Baker was, even 67 years after she is long gone and has appeared in "Zou Zou". She was smiling, singing, living, and loving. She never got the man in any of her films, even if she did escape racist America for a more liberated France. In a time where it was an insult for a black woman to be depicted as beautiful, Josephine stood proudly and shaked what her mama gave her - bananas and all!

I love this film for that reason alone, for the opportunity to see Josephine live and in person in her prime. She had a lovely voice, and I didn't see how her acting was "over the top" as others say. In the scene at the end of the movie where she is walking down the street and begins running and crying after seeing her "brother" kiss her white lady friend, I could feel the despair that plagued Josephine's inner self; her pain of being a black woman during a time where she would who never get the man, no matter how beautiful she was.
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