Directed by Joe Francis • 1927 • France
Starring Josephine Baker, André Luguet, Hélène Hallier
St. Louis–born and Harlem-raised Paris music hall superstar Josephine Baker, the highest-paid entertainer of her day, is only one of the legends featured in this vintage 1927 collection of Le Jazz Hot performances from the notorious nightclubs of Montmartre. Gabrielle (Hélène Hallier), an ambitious but innocent would-be young chorine, wins a music-hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub Cinderella. But this lighter-than-champagne-bubbles story is only a pretext for a white-hot, nonstop procession of outrageously (and scantily) attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats, including the Tiller’s Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. But it’s Baker who reigns supreme in two showstopping numbers that embody Jazz Age France in all its extravagance and sensuality.
Please be advised: this film contains offensive racial stereotypes.