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: