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Screening Of Josephine Baker’s 1928 Silent Film ‘Siren of The Tropics’ at Chicago's Black Cinema House 11/2

by Sergio
October 31, 2013 2:09 PM
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Josephine Baker

First released in 1928, and for decades only available in fragments, Josephine Baker’s first feature film, Siren of the Tropics, will be screened at the Black Cinema House in Chicago this Saturday.

Made at the time when Baker was a huge sensation at the Folies Bergère in Paris, she plays Papitou, a free-spirited young woman who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector.

However she is unaware that he is engaged to another woman, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss.

Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris, where, through a series of circumstances, she becomes a music hall star.

The screening is part of BCH’s  Experimental Sound Series, which presents early silent films with live composed and improvised musical accompaniment, and the screening will take place at the Black Cinema House located at 6901 S. Dorchester, this Saturday November 2, starting at 6PM.

Tickets are FREE but you must RSVP for seats HERE.

Here’s a clip from the film:

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1 Comment

  • CareyCarey | October 31, 2013 8:46 PMReply

    Stop the presses! Zoe Saldana is not a big stretch to Josephine Baker.

    Listen, I ain't trying to dig up old dirt but after viewing this clip another appeared. It's titled, Living St. Louis Josephine Baker. When the clip opens, there she is, standing in a still frame, a black and white photo with a hint of side light. It could be Zoe Saldana. Thin lips, thin(ish) nose, round eyes, light complexion... IT'S ALL THERE!

    And, a detailed journey of her life, from her childhood in St Louis, through her travels on the chitlin circuit to her rise in Paris, it's all in this 30 minute clip.

    But check out that opening shot, if you don't see Zoe Saldana in there... well, I'm going blind or somebody is lying. Zoe in Josephine -->

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